Qatar Airways has launched flights to
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.
The new four times-weekly service from
Doha to the airline’s second gateway in Greece will be operated
with Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 12 seats in Business Class and
132 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “Qatar Airways’ new service
to Thessaloniki will help reinforce links between the State of
Qatar and Greece, and deepen the friendship and co-operation
between our two great countries. Our second gateway in Greece,
Thessaloniki is a major tourist destination all year round
offering access to some of Greece’s most famous resorts. We are
delighted to support Greece’s tourism industry by providing more
global travellers the opportunity to visit this iconic city.”
Qatar Airways has been operating to Athens since
June 2005, and in 2015 increased its service to the Greek capital
from twice daily to thrice daily to meet growing demand. The
Athens route is operated by a mix of the airline’s
state-of-the-art aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In
January 2018, Qatar Airways was also the first airline to bring
the Airbus A350 to the city.
Qatar Airways’ robust growth strategy in Europe
continues, with service to Mykonos commencing in May. The launch
of these additional two gateways into Greece confirms the
airline’s strong commitment to boosting tourism in Greece,
especially from regions with strong Greek populations such as
Australia and the Middle East. With the launch of service to
Mykonos, the airline will operate 58 times a week between the
Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Greece.
Mr. Alexander Zinell, Fraport Greece Chief
Executive Officer, said, “I am delighted to welcome Qatar Airways
to Thessaloniki ‘Makedonia’ Airport and the first ever-scheduled
flights to and from Thessaloniki and Doha. The decision by our new
airline partner, Qatar Airways, is a clear indication of the
Thessaloniki ‘Makedonia’ Airport growth potential. Passengers from
Northern Greece and the Balkans can now benefit from direct
flights linking Thessaloniki with the international hub of Doha
and beyond. We look forward to working closely with Qatar Airways
and support them in ensuring the success of the new route.”