Doha-based Qatar Airways has launched scheduled
services to Ankara in Turkey. By adding four-non-stop services a
week between Doha and Ankara, the new route strengthens the
airline’s operations in Turkey, where it already operates daily
flights to Istanbul.
Qatar Airways is operating an Airbus A320 with
12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy on the new route.
“Since we entered Turkey in 2004 with flights to
Istanbul, the route’s performance has exceeded our expectations
year on year,” said Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker. “We are confident
that our new service to Ankara will be equally as successful
helping facilitate travel to and from this wonderful city and
beyond for both the business travel community and leisure
The new route comes at a time of strong trade
between Qatar and Turkey, whose relations have grown from strength
to strength and which go beyond political and economic ties. Bilateral trade between the two countries increased five-fold
from US$21 million in 2007 to over US$1.2 billion in 2008 with the
aim of boosting commercial trade even further to US$10 billion by
With a population of 72 million with an average age of 28.5
years, the Republic of Turkey is the 15th largest and one of the
most vibrant economies in the world.
Turkey, with its spectacular coastline,
cosmopolitan cities and historical sightseeing attractions,
remains a highly popular tourist hotspot. According to the United
Nations agency, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Turkey is in
fact the third fastest growing tourism destination in the world.
For foreign visitors to Turkey, the new route to Ankara is
an ideal gateway when visiting, for example, the famous
Cappadocian region, best known for its moon-like landscape with
underground cities and houses carved in rocks.
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