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Qatar to begin services to Sydney

10 Mar 2009 by Mark Caswell

Reports in the Australian media suggest that
Qatar Airways is about to announce flights to Sydney.

Under the terms of a revised air services
agreement, Doha’s national airline has been
given permission to begin daily flights to Sydney with immediate effect. Gaining traffic
rights into Australia
is not an easy task for any foreign airline as the authorities are anxious to
protect the interests of national carrier Qantas.

The previous agreement signed a couple of years
ago specified that Qatar
operate first to Melbourne and Brisbane. But the airline wasn’t happy with that decision and never took up the
offer as it believed that, without Sydney,
these routes would not be economically viable.

When contacted, Qatar Airways was not prepared
to comment further at the time of writing and a Sydney start date is awaited, but it is
believed a statement will be made on Wednesday.

When the new route does start it will give
European travellers yet another option on the voluminous kangaroo route Down
Under.

For more information visit qatarairways.com.

Report by Alex McWhirter

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