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Qatar Airways unveils launch dates for new routes

Airline announces new services to Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona.

Qatar Airways unveils launch dates for new routes

Qatar Airways on Sunday announced the launch dates of four new routes for 2010 as part of the airline's expansion strategy.

The start dates for flights to Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo and Barcelona comes just days after the airline confirmed it will begin daily non-stop services between Doha and Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, from February 22.

Beginning March 30, Qatar Airways will add Copenhagen to its European network with four flights a week, non-stop from Doha, the airline's operational hub.

After Stockholm, the Danish capital becomes the second Scandinavian destination served by Qatar Airways - the only Gulf carrier serving the region.

Starting April 5, Qatar Airways will launch four non-stop services a week from Doha to Ankara in Turkey, supporting its existing scheduled services to Istanbul.

From April 26, daily flights to the Japanese capital, Tokyo, will start. The flights will be operated from Doha via Osaka, the company said in a statement.

Starting June 7, non-stop flights between Doha and the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona will be added to the airline's European network.

Details of the airline's planned flights to Sydney, its second Australian destination, will be announced later, the company added.

"The next few months will prove to be yet another exciting period of growth with such diverse business and leisure destinations being added to Qatar Airways' growing network," said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways will increase its global portfolio from 85 to 91 global destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East, North America and Australasia.

The carrier currently operates a modern fleet of 77 aircraft.

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