Qatar Airways announces Eastern European expansion

25 Jan 2016 by BusinessTraveller

Qatar Airways is to expand its services into Eastern Europe, with the launch of a new direct flight to Belgrade, and an increase in frequencies on several routes.

The Gulf carrier will commence four-times weekly flights to Belgrade on March 16 – the airline currently offers a one-stop services to the Serbian capital via Sofia.

Rival Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways owns a 49 per cent stake in Air Serbia (see news March 2014).

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will also increase frequencies to the following Eastern European destinations this year:

  • Zagreb – increase from daily to ten flights per week starting April 3
  • Budapest – increase from daily to ten flights per week from July 3
  • Baku – increase from daily to 11 flights per week from March 27

Increasing demand has also led Qatar Airways to roster its B787 Dreamliner aircraft onto one of its two daily flights serving Moscow Domodedovo airport, offering 122 more seats per departure than the previous A320.

Finally the carrier’s Warsaw service will switch from an A320 to the larger A330 from July this year.

Mark Caswell

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