Muscat, OMAN - Growing passenger demand throughout the Gulf Region has prompted Qatar Airways to boost the number of flights between Doha and Muscat to double daily from March 25.
Qatar Airways currently operates 11 flights a week between the capitals of Qatar and Oman, respectively, with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft operating in a two-class configuration of First and Economy.
With the economies in the GCC rapidly expanding, convenient travel options are becoming vital for many of the region's business travellers, said Qatar Airways Regional Manager for the Arabian Peninsula, Ali Abdul Khaliq, during a press conference held at the Crowne Plaza in Muscat.
"The volume of traffic between Qatar and Oman continues to grow. We anticipate that the increased frequency of flights will provide more convenience for passengers and further facilitate closer ties between the two countries," he said.
"Doha is also growing in prominence as a regional hub, feeding passenger traffic from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, through the Gulf States and beyond."
Khaliq added that the increase in number of flights between Doha and Muscat will give more passengers the opportunity to use Qatar Airways' brand new Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport. The terminal is for exclusive use of Qatar Airways' First and Business Class passengers departing from Doha or transiting through the city.
The Premium Terminal features a Five-Star welcome and check in service, as well as a variety of top-end facilities including spa treatments and jacuzzis, duty-free shopping, a state-of-the-art business centre and fine dining options. Built in just nine months, the US$90 million terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers.
Muscat is one of over a dozen existing Qatar Airways destinations that will see an increase in frequency in flights from the start of the Summer 2007 flying season on March 25. From this summer, the airline will also introduce several new routes to its growing network - including Bali, Chennai, Geneva, Ho Chi Minh City, New York, Stockholm and Washington DC, taking its destination tally to 79 cities worldwide.
Qatar Airways' new routes for 2007: -
|Chennai||DAILY from March 24|
|Bali||4 flights a week from March 24|
|Ho Chi Minh City||4 flights a week from March 25|
|Geneva||4 flights a week from June 28|
|New York||4 flights a week from June 28|
|Washington||DAILY from Summer 2007|
|Stockholm||4 flights a week from November 2007|
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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