Qatar Airways is to launch of flights to the
western city of Chongqing, China, from 28 November 2011.
three-times-a-week, the non-stop service from the airline’s hub in
Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, will take the carrier’s capacity to China up to 28 flights a week.
The airline already operates daily non-stop flights from Doha to Hong Kong, Shanghai
and Guangzhou and four-flights-a-week to Beijing.
Chongqing services will be operated with an Airbus A330 in a
two-class Business and Economy configuration.
“China is clearly one of the world’s most important
countries on the international stage, being a pacesetter in
manufacturing and helping transform the global economic landscape,
said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker.
“It is this dynamism of a country that we at Qatar Airways have
been monitoring closely and delighted to be part of China’s
burgeoning economic growth. With four routes in China already well
established, we look forward to adding Chongqing as our fifth
gateway by the end of the year.”
With a population of just over 30 million
people, Chongqing has a large industrial catchment area.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is one of the biggest
airports in western China serving a large domestic market with
limited international flights. Global access is typically via Hong
Kong, Beijing or Shanghai.
Chongqing is a major manufacturing
centre and a key transportation hub located in the upper reaches
of the Yangtze River, a vitally important shipping waterway in
China. With Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, it is also one of only
four municipalities in China which report directly to the national
Main local industries in Chongqing are consumer
goods and the processing of food, automobiles, chemicals, textiles
and machinery. The city is the largest in China for the production
of motorcycles and third biggest for motor vehicles.
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