Doha-based Qatar Airways will no longer serve London’s second airport after May 31.

The decision to withdraw its daily flight from Gatwick, which Qatar Airways says is being made for commercial reasons, means that travellers residing south of the capital lose a convenient link not just with the Gulf but to onward destinations in Asia and Australia.

In a statement, Qatar Airways’ CEO  Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are extremely sad to be losing London Gatwick from our network after serving the route for the past seven years. But following a thorough review and analysis over the past few months, we have concluded that we could no longer sustain the route for commercial reasons. While we continue to grow our business, developing the network further, we do it prudently, cautiously and carefully.”

Qatar will continue to operate unchanged out of Heathrow and has recently announced plans to boost its Manchester flights to twice daily.

Once Qatar pulls out, it will leave Dubai-based Emirates as the sole Gulf-based carrier operating from Gatwick.

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