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Qatar Airways says to add fourth UK route next year

Doha carrier to launch services to Birmingham from March 30; will operate eight flights per week

Qatar Airways says to add fourth UK route next year

Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate a new service between Doha and Birmingham, from March 30 2016, adding to its existing UK services to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The carrier said in a statement that it will operate eight flights a week, including two flights on Saturdays.

Birmingham is the largest and most populous city outside of London and is situated in the West Midlands. The economy is largely dominated by the service sector and the city is an important transport, retail, events and conference hub.

The announcement of this new route further strengthens Qatar Airways’ commitment to the UK regions, with Birmingham being the centre for the largest concentration of businesses outside of London, boasting 34,285 companies including over 700 international firms.

The city attracts nearly 34 million people a year for both business and pleasure and is ideally situated at the centre of the UK’s rail and motorway network.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “This additional route strengthens Qatar Airways’ commitment to the regions across the UK and will create new commercial and leisure links between the city of Birmingham and the 152 destinations served by the airline.”

Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe added: “This is fantastic news for both Birmingham Airport and the region, and is our tenth new airline to announce or launch this year.”

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.

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Paolo Avitabile 3 years ago

Why can't they fly somewhere less predictable?- The southwest is under served- what about Bristol or Cardiff. They always seem to follow it Emirates footsteps.