Qatar Airways has praised local authorities in
India for helping it strengthen air links between the State of
Qatar and cities across India with two new routes launched over
the past few weeks.
Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker
said India remained, and will continue to be, a key market for
Qatar Airways as part of the airline’s long-term commitment to one
of the fastest growing economies in the world.
the northern Indian city of Jalandhar on Monday to celebrate the
recent launch of flights to nearby Amritsar, Al Baker said India
was the largest single market served by the airline.
Airways’ maiden flight to the northern Indian state of Punjab
landed in the holy city of Amritsar on October 12. Two weeks
later, the airline launched scheduled flights to Goa, heralding
the arrival of Qatar Airways as the only full-service scheduled
global carrier to both destinations.
With Amritsar and Goa
both served four-times-a-week from the airline’s Doha hub, Qatar
Airways has increased capacity to India to 64 flights a week
spread across 10 cities. These include daily non-stop flights
between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad,
Trivandrum, Cochin and Kozhikode.
Qatar Airways currently
operates a modern fleet of 71 aircraft to 84 destinations across
Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North
“With 10 cities now served across India, Qatar
Airways has built up a formidable network in this wonderful
country,” said Al Baker, addressing media at a packed press
conference in Jalandhar. “Our new Amritsar
flights will greatly help commerce and industry in the city and
the neighbouring business capitals of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and
Chandigarh for the export of textiles, sports goods and food,
manufactured and produced in Punjab, to the Middle East and
Home to the Golden Temple – the holy place of
worship for Sikhs – Al Baker explained that the Amritsar route
would also cater for the well travelled Punjabi community worldwide.
He said, “Punjabis have firmly established their home and
work in cities across the world, yet have had very limited air
access to Punjab for many years with the main option being to fly
into Delhi and travel by road or train for the long journey to
this part of north India.”
The airline is
operating the Amritsar route four-times-a-week non-stop from Qatar’s
capital city using a two-class Airbus A320, with 12 seats in
Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
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