Qatar Airways is planning to launch six new
routes in Europe and Asia from October 2010.
airline will phase in the route expansion over a four-month period
with daily flights to Phuket – after Bangkok, its second
destination in Thailand – kicking off the growth drive on 11
October 2010. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur.
Three weeks later, beginning 1 November, Qatar Airways adds
the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to its network with four flights a
week via Bangkok. The new route will support existing services to
Vietnam’s commercial centre and largest city of Ho Chi Minh City,
where flights will also be stepped up from four-a-week to daily.
24 November 2010 marks the launch of the carrier’s European
expansion drive with thrice-weekly flights to the French
Mediterranean city of Nice. Operating via Milan, the Nice
operation will strengthen Qatar Airways’ services to France, where
it already operates to the capital Paris.
The New Year sees
Qatar Airways’ entry into eastern Europe with the launch of four
flights a week to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, starting on
January. The services continue on to Budapest, capital city of
And with five flights a week from 31 January,
the Belgian capital of Brussels, home of the European Parliament,
rounds off an impressive list of destinations for the airline.
“Budapest, Bucharest, Brussels, Nice, Hanoi and
Phuket represent markets underserved so these are excellent
opportunities for us to tap into, said Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker. “We spend a lot of time
diligently analysing new route opportunities and I am pleased to
say that the routes being announced today will not only open up
new markets, but also strengthen our network strategy over our
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and
leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120
aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 84 aircraft, flying
to 90 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia
Pacific and North America.
This week – starting 24 June –
Qatar Airways introduces South America into the airline’s family
of routes with the launch of flights to the Brazilian city of Sao
Paulo and Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
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