Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch
direct daily flights to Cardiff, Wales on 1 May 2018.
The new service between Doha and Cardiff will be
served by Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with 22 seats in Business
Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
flight QR321 is scheduled to depart Doha (DOH) at 07:25 to arrive
in Cardiff (CWL) at 12:50. The return leg, QR 322 will depart
Cardiff at 15:55 and arrive back in Doha at 00:50 the following
On Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays, QR323
will leave Doha at 01:15 and arrive in Cardiff at 06:40. The
return flight, QR324, will take off from Cardiff
at 08:10 to arrive in Doha at 17:05.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are delighted to announce
the launch of our new route to the Welsh capital. Many travellers
currently fly to and from London using ground transport between
London and Cardiff, and the launch of direct service will allow
passengers to fly directly from Wales and the Southwest to Doha
and beyond for the first time. We look forward to offering both
business and leisure travellers this convenient connection to
Cardiff and points beyond.”
Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is one of the
most compelling tourist destinations in the UK. It has countless
museums and exhibitions, a thriving music scene and world-class
sporting events regularly on show at the Principality Stadium.
Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Officer Deb
Barber, said, “I am immensely proud that world-class airline Qatar
Airways has recognised the potential that exists within the region
and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a daily service. The service
opens up a world of connectivity for our customers to destinations
across Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia ... More than 1.4 million passengers per year from
the region travel to destinations that are available on the Qatar
Airways network – 90% of these passengers are currently
travelling from London airports, which emphasises just how much
demand exists within the market. We look forward to developing our
fruitful relationship with Qatar Airways over the coming months
and to the start of this exciting new route in May 2018.”
Qatar Airways currently serves London Heathrow,
Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, with Cardiff to be the
airline's fifth destination in the UK.
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