Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase the frequency of its Doha-Montreal route from next month.

The Gulf will add a fourth weekly service from December 17, operating flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Qatar Airways launched flights to Canada’s second largest city in 2011, and the fourth weekly service will start in time for the peak holiday season.

The additional frequency will be served by the carrier’s two-class B777 aircraft, configured with 388 economy seats and 24 in business class.

Commenting on the news Qatar Airways Group CEO  Akbar Al Baker, said:

“We are very pleased to introduce this extra weekly service on one of our most popular routes for our long-haul Canadian passengers.

“Qatar Airways has one of the shortest connection times for Canadian travellers to the Far East – the Montreal to Doha journey is just 12 hours and 20 minutes, with one of the lowest connection times in the industry.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Canadian travellers for their continued support, and for choosing to fly with a world-class airline that puts service excellence at its core.”

Neither of Qatar Airways’ main Gulf rivals Emirates nor Etihad offer nonstop flights to Montreal from their respective Dubai and Abu Dhabi hubs.