Qatar Airways is to launch a four-times-weekly
service to Aleppo, Syria, starting from 6 April 2011.
Named as a
UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest cities in the
world, Aleppo will be the airline’s second destination in Syria,
after Damascus, where the carrier has been flying since 1998.
three-hour journey from Doha – Aleppo will be operated with an
A320 in a two-class configuration featuring 12 seats in First
Class and up to 132 seats in Economy.
Aleppo will be the airline’s
fifth new route in its global expansion in 2011, following
Budapest (17 January), Bucharest (17 January), Brussels (31 January) and Stuttgart (6 March).
Qatar Airways Chief Executive
Officer Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways is delighted to
commemorate our 100th destination by announcing our latest route
to a city in our home region. As one of the oldest cities in the
world, Aleppo is of strategic importance, providing links between
east and west via Doha for business and leisure purposes.”
The travel market in the Middle East is experiencing significant
growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways is well
placed to take advantage of. With the addition of the new Boeing
787 aircraft, which will join the carrier’s fleet in late 2011 and
be deployed on regional routes, capacity and frequency will only
continue to grow.
“IATA pegged growth in the Middle East
region at over 23% in 2010 compared to last year. Our
award-winning service and young and modern fleet will only propel
our position as a leading global carrier,” he said.