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QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES SEVENTH DESTINATION OF AL HOFUF IN SAUDI ARABIA AS IT ADDS ADDITIONAL FREQUENCIES TO MADINAH AND GASSIM

New destination demonstrates Qatar Airways commitment to Saudi Arabia

Airline increases frequencies to Madinah and Gassim due to strong demand

13 Apr 2014

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways is adding Al Hofuf in Saudi Arabia to its ever-increasing list of destinations. And as a further demonstration of its commitment to expanding its regional footprint, Qatar Airways recently increased the frequencies of two of its other destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Strong passenger demand has prompted the Doha-based airline to double its weekly flight frequency to Gassim, while flights to Madinah recently increased from five to seven per week.  The additional new destination of Al Hofuf, through Al Ahsa Airport (HOF), is further proof of the increasing consumer and business demands on these popular Saudi Arabian routes. 

A Qatar Airways Airbus A320 aircraft, which will service the new Doha to Al Hofuf route

Details of the new and additional frequencies are as follows;

Al Hofuf (Saudi Arabia) a new service of 4 flights per week starting on 15 May
Gassim (Saudi Arabia) a doubling from 4 to 8 flights per week from 15 May
Madinah (Saudi Arabia) increased from 5 to 7 flights per week from 30 March

The increase in frequency on these routes, together with the new destination of Al Hofuf, will mean that Qatar Airways will now fly to seven destinations in Saudi Arabia and will operate 79 flights per week to the country.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “At Qatar Airways, we remain committed to opening up access to new destinations in the Middle East and around the world. 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 links within the Gulf itself.”

The new Al Hofuf route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft features seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment systems.

And the increases in frequency on the other two routes will provide business and leisure passengers travelling to all three destinations with more flexibility and greater choice to connect onto Qatar Airways’ extensive global network covering six continents.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 131 aircraft to 137 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Al Hofuf (15 May, 2014), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014), Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).

For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157643885554135/

Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 131 aircraft flying to 137 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 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.

During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport, from mid-2014. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 44302069
Website: www.qatarairways.com