Qatar steps up global expansion moves

17 Jan 2011

Qatar Airways announced capacity increases on several routes across its global network from March onwards, facilitated by higher passenger demand and the delivery of new aircraft.

The carrier will increase frequencies of flights within the Gulf region and to Asian and European destinations.

•    Doha-Kuala Lumpur flights will increase from 11 to 14 times a week and Doha-Dar Es Salaam will go from 12 to 14 times a week
•    Flights to Muscat will increase from 21 to 24 times a week
•    As reported earlier, Qatar plans to enhance its European connections: flights to Paris will increase from 14 times a week to 16 times a week and the carrier will also increase flights to Geneva and Copenhagen, making them daily services. These moves come after the carrier has launched services to several new European destinations (see story here).

In addition to increased frequencies, the carrier will introduce larger aircraft on some routes in order to improve passenger capacity. The bigger Airbus A330 will be used on flights to Bangalore and Barcelona instead of the A320.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said: “With an average of more than one new aircraft being introduced into the fleet every month, Qatar Airways is looking to deploy the new capacity on existing routes while, at the same time launch new routes to join our ever-growing international network.”

On April 6, the airline will mount flights to Aleppo – its 100th destination – which will be a four times a week service.

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Alisha Haridasani

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