Effective October 26, Qatar Airways (QR) will be increasing frequency on its Doha – Dubai routes with additional daily flights to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), taking its frequency to 14-flights-per-day to DXB and 4-flights-per-day to DWC.
The additional daily flight to DXB will depart at 1000, arriving in DXB at 1210 and the return flight will leave DXB at 1330, arriving in DOH at 1335. To DWC, the fourth daily flight will depart at 0130, arriving in DWC at 0340 and the return flight will leave DWC at 0625, arriving in DOH at 0630.
QR also operates three daily flights to Sharjah (SHJ), which is actually closer to downtown Dubai than DWC.
The majority of QR’s flights will be operated by twin-aisle Airbus A320 aircraft, but on a few of the 18 daily rotations QR uses wide-body Airbus A330s, Boeing B777s and Boeing B787s.
What is really perplexing about this story is the sheer capacity currently offered across the Gulf and between Doha and Dubai in particular.
Emirates plies the Doha – Dubai route six times a day, using a combination of Boeing B777-300ER, B777-200 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft. FlyDubai offers twice daily B737-800 service between the Gulf cities.
According to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s estimate, the total daily number of available seats between Doha and Dubai hovers around the 6,000 mark.
For more information, visit qatarairways.com
Dominic Sebastian Lalk