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Wed, 28 March 2018

Qatar Airways Launches Flights to Thessaloniki, Greece

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' Airbus A320 reg: A7-AHP landing in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city. Click to enlarge.

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.”

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