By Andy Sambidge
Doha carrier says it will add capacity on routes to Barcelona, Manchester, Stockholm and Copenhagen
Qatar Airways has announced plans to significantly expand its capacity across Europe in the New Year, with additional frequencies to be added from February.
Barcelona and Manchester will become a double daily service, while Stockholm and Copenhagen will see services increase from a daily to 10- and 11- weekly service respectively.
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “As a rapidly expanding global airline, it is crucial that we not only support new destination launches, but also add to the existing capacity across our network.
"This, in turn, provides passengers with an additional level of connectivity and choice when travelling the globe, facilitated by seamless transfers through our new five-star hub and home, Hamad International Airport.”
The additions to the Copenhagen and Stockholm routes will start from February 1 and 2 respectively, with double-daily flights to Manchester and Barcelona taking effect from February 15 and 16 respectively.
With the addition of Edinburgh in May this year, Qatar Airways now serves a total of three destinations in the UK including London Heathrow, and said it is responding to growing demand by increasing its service to Manchester from 10 to 14 flights per week.
Ken O'Toole, chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said: “We are delighted that Qatar Airways will increase its long-haul services from Manchester Airport, providing further direct connectivity to Doha and beyond. The service will provide increased choice to the 22 million passengers living close to Manchester Airport.”
The airline said it first started flying to Spain in December 2005 and has seen continual growth in this market. With the extra capacity to Barcelona, the airline will offer a total of 24 weekly flights from Spain to Doha, including the 10 weekly flights to and from Madrid.