Qatar announces European expansion

28 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

Qatar Airways is increasing frequencies on several European routes, ahead of a long-awaited announcement of two new European destinations.

Flights to Madrid will increase to daily (up from four times per week) from December 2, while those to Athens will gradually rise from the current daily service to double daily by March 2010, and the Stockholm route will also see the addition of one extra flight per week from October 25.

The announcement follows the carrier’s recent decision to add three extra weekly flights to the Paris-Doha route from October, increasing the service to double daily. Qatar says that the new flights represent a 40 per cent increase in services to the four European cities.

The airline announced back in March that it would also be adding “two other cities in Europe” to its network (see online news March 11), although no further details have yet been released. Outside of Europe, Qatar is gearing up for the launch of services to the Indian cities of Amritsar and Goa in October, followed by Melbourne on December 6, and Sydney “soon after”.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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