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QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES FREQUENCY INCREASES

Eastern Europe Sees Most Added Flights

02 Sep 2013

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways has announced frequency increases to destinations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific in preparation for the busy winter season.

Strong passenger demand and additional aircraft inducted to the fleet has prompted the Doha-based airline to add frequencies to its popular and growing routes. Highlights of the frequency increases are:

Ankara (Turkey)                4 flights a week from 3 beginning Sep 18
Belgrade (Serbia)            4 flights a week from 3 beginning Sep 18
Bucharest (Romania)     5 flights a week from 4 beginning Sep 17
Dubai (UAE)                   91 flights a week from 77 (13 daily flights) from Aug 1
Islamabad (Pakistan)    7 flights a week from 4 (daily flights) beginning Oct 27
Jakarta (Indonesia)       14 flights a week from 11 (double-daily flights) beginning Sep 1
Manama (Bahrain)         49 flights a week from 47 (7 times a day) beginning Sep 15
Moscow (Russia)           12 flights a week from 10 beginning Sep 3
Sofia (Bulgaria)               5 flights a week from 4 beginning Sep 17
Yangon (Myanmar)         7 flights a week from 3 (daily flights beginning Oct 27

Bucharest

Bucharest

Sofia

Sofia

Belgrade

Belgrade

Yangon

Yangon

The numerous increases in frequency on these routes will provide business and leisure passengers travelling to and from these destinations with more flexibility and greater choice to connect onto Qatar Airways’ extensive global network covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the increases will ensure that these popular routes grow from strength to strength.

“At Qatar Airways, we remain committed to opening up access to destinations that have great market potential. As we continue to expand our network and receive more aircraft, we will keep looking at opportunities to add capacity to our existing network and further strengthen our brand presence around the world,” said Al Baker.

On August 1st Qatar Airways increased its frequency on its very popular Doha – Dubai route with two additional daily flights, taking its capacity up to 13 services per day. Dubai has the highest frequency in the airline’s route network; this popular Gulf destination is served 91 times a week.

Flights to the Gulf region will see another increase as services to Manama in Bahrain will rise by seven to a total of 49 flights each week.

Expansion highlights also include one additional weekly flight to key European routes Ankara, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia and flights to Moscow will grow from 10 to 12 weekly flights.

Yangon, which was re-launched last October with three flights a week, will be upgraded to a daily non-stop service.

Another popular far-eastern route Jakarta will see increase in capacity from 11 to 14 flights a week, resulting in double-daily flights to the Indonesian capital city.

Qatar Airways will also be strengthening its commitment to Pakistan; the recent frequency increases to Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar will be supplemented by Islamabad moving from four weekly services to a daily service.

To make bookings or check schedules, visit www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 129 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched seven destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq) and Sulaymaniyah (Iraq).  Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).

 

For press release images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157635271288764/

Notes to Editors:
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 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. Qatar Airways will become the first of the major Gulf carriers to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com