Qatar Airways is to increase capacity across its
network in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and will launch daily
scheduled flights to a fourth city – the central Iranian city of
An additional 31 flights each week will be
operated by the Doha-based airline between the State of Qatar and
Iran, representing an 150% increase in overall frequency.
The capacity rise to 52 services a week, up from
the current 21, will be phased in over a four-month period,
starting 1 December 2011.
The capital Tehran will be served with an
additional daily flight; Iran’s second largest city of Mashhad is
to get nine extra flights; Shiraz, the economic centre of southern
Iran, will be given eight new flights; and, starting 11 January
2012, services will begin to Isfahan in central Iran.
Shiraz: 8 new flights – currently
twice-weekly, rising to daily, effective December 1, and a further
three flights introduced each week from March 2012.
Isfahan: new route – daily flights from 11 January 2012.
Mashhad: 9 new flights – from the current five flights-a-week to
14 services (double daily), beginning March 2012.
7 new flights –.from the current 14 flights each week (double
daily) to 21 services (thrice-daily), beginning March 2012.
All flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a
two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in
Qatar Airways began flying to Iran in 2004 with
the launch of services to Tehran. Flights to Mashhad started the
following year, with Shiraz introduced to the network almost five
Isfahan, home to textile and steel mills and
located on the country’s main north-south and east-west
crossroads, is the heartbeat of central Iran’s economy. With fine
historic Islamic architecture, palaces and tree-lined wide
boulevards, the city is regarded as one of the most beautiful in
the Middle East.
“Almost five months ago, Qatar Airways
introduced the Iranian city of Shiraz to our network. We have been
working with the authorities in Iran for increased capacity across
the country and delighted to have reached agreement to make this
announcement,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker. “Additional flights will ultimately benefit passengers travelling to and from Iran and with our large international
network of destinations, we facilitate travel with more ease, more
flexibility and more choice, particularly for the large Iranian
expatriate community around the world.”
So far this
year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 12 cities worldwide –
Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium),
Stuttgart (Germany), Aleppo (Syria), Shiraz (Iran), Venice
(Italy), Montreal (Canada), Medina (Saudi Arabia), Kolkata
(India), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Oslo (Norway).
routes are planned during November alone – to the Libyan port city
of Benghazi from 1 November 2011; Ugandan city of Entebbe effective
2 November 2011; and the central Chinese city of Chongqing on 28
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