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QATAR AIRWAYS TO COMMENCE FOUR WEEKLY SERVICES TO ISTANBUL’S SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT

Airline To Continue Expansion With Added Capacity To Turkey…..

……Total Weekly Flights Rises From 14 To 18 With Airline’s New Route

Qatar Airways Prepares To Operate To Third Airport In Turkey After Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Ankara Esenboga Airport

03 Dec 2013

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced its plans to commence four-weekly passenger services to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, from 22 May 2014.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport will become Qatar Airways’ third destination in Turkey after Istanbul Ataturk Airport, started in 2004 and Ankara, started in 2010. The airline currently operates 10 flights-a-week to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and four-flights-week to Ankara.

With the addition of Sabiha Gökçen Airport, the number of flights to Turkey rises from 14 to 18 frequencies each week.  The airport will serve travellers from the eastern (Asian) side of Istanbul in addition to Ataturk Airport which currently services the population in the western (European) side of the city separated by the Bosporus.

The new route will be served by an Airbus A320 in a 2 cabin configuration, offering 12 Business Class and 132 Economy Class seats.

Situated closest to some of the highly developed industrial cities of Turkey – Kocaeli, Bursa, Izmir and Sakarya, Sabiha Gökçen Airport is one among the two international airports serving the city of Istanbul.

Qatar Airways will be the only award-winning Five-star airline offering excellent connections for travellers to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to over 100 destinations.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "Turkey’s aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and we are delighted to be part of this growth by launching additional capacity into this vibrant market.

"With increased government investment in the private sector and major infrastructure developments underway, we see huge market potential in adding more capacity to Turkey."

The Finance Center of Turkey is just 15 minutes away, and Technopark Istanbul is just 1km away from Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Some of the largest multi-national companies and banks are also headquartered within close vicinity of the airport.

The fourth most populous city of Turkey, Bursa is located near Sabiha Gökçen airport and is famous for its “Uludag Mountain” and winter ski resorts. Yalova, which is also located nearby is known for its hot springs and thermal baths.

Business and leisure markets to and from Turkey include GCC countries and Asia-Pacific destinations like – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Maldives, Bali, Singapore, Melbourne and Hong Kong.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 128 aircraft to 133 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas. 

In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched eleven destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) and most recently Clark Manila International Airport (Philippines).

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Hangzhou, China (December 20), Sharjah and Dubai World Central, both in the UAE (March 1, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014) and Miami, USA (June 10, 2014).
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.          
Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

Schedules:

The DOHA – SABIHA AIRPORT schedules, 4-times-a-week with effect from 22 May 2014 are:-

Mondays and Saturdays

Depart Doha   QR243 at 1355 hrs, arrive Sabiha Airport at 1810 hrs
Depart Sabiha Airport  QR244 at 1905 hrs, arrive Doha at 2300 hrs 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Depart Doha   QR243 at 1320 hrs, arrive Sabiha Airport at 1735 hrs
Depart Sabiha Airport  QR244 at 1835 hrs, arrive Doha at 2230 hrs

For Images:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157638310539944/


Notes to Editors:

On October 30,2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.

Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
Website: www.qatarairways.com