Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced further expansion to its Indian network with a 20 per cent increase in frequency covering the cities of Delhi, Cochin and Amritsar from next month.
Beginning September 1, the number of flights to the northern Indian city of Amritsar will rise from four- a-week to daily. The expansion comes less than a year since Qatar Airways launched flights to Amritsar.
The southern Indian city of Cochin, currently served daily, will get an additional four flights a week – two from September 1 and the other two from November 5.
The beginning of the Northern Winter flying programme on October 31 will see the highly popular Doha – Delhi route securing an additional daily flight taking capacity to the Indian capital up to 14 services a week.
With a total of 14 additional flights being phased in over a period of two months, Qatar Airways’ capacity to India will increase from 74 to 88 services each week. The award-winning Doha-based airline currently flies to 11 cities across India that cover Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad, Goa, Delhi, Amritsar, and Cochin.
With the new additional flights, each of the 11 Indian destinations will be served daily non-stop, except Delhi and Cochin, which will have a double daily service and 11 flights-a-week, respectively.
India is by far Qatar Airways’ single biggest market by the number of destinations served – and the country alone makes up over 10% of the airline’s international network.
Each of the Indian flights offers convenient connections via Qatar Airways’ Doha hub to and from the airline’s network of flights across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "We are pleased to announce additional frequencies to Delhi, Cochin, and Amritsar from September, which further cements our commitment to the Indian market.
“Since last year and taking into account the new upcoming frequencies, we will have stepped up capacity to India from 56 to 88 services a week, which represents a remarkable 57% increase in frequency to and from India.”
“India is a very important market for us, as we are able to offer a large selection of destinations and very convenient connection times to numerous global cities that Qatar Airways serves from Doha,” added Al Baker.
“These are exciting times for Qatar Airways. With these frequency increases in India, and six new recently announced upcoming routes, we look forward to further global expansion to even more exciting destinations between October and January.”
During a four-month period from October 2010, the airline’s passenger route network will rise to almost 100 destinations. The additions of Phuket (October 12), Hanoi (November 1), Nice (November 24), Bucharest (January 17), Budapest (January 17) and Brussels (January 31) provide even more travel options for passengers to and from India, with a convenient stop in Doha.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 87 aircraft to 92 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, North America and South America.
New Flights To India – Schedules (all times are local)
DOHA – COCHIN
Mondays and Wednesdays – from September 1
Depart Doha QR266 at 0100 hrs, arrive in Cochin at 0755 hrs
Depart Cochin QR267 at 0855 hrs, arrive in Doha at 1045 hrs
Fridays and Saturdays – from November 5
Depart Doha QR266 at 0115 hrs, arrive in Cochin at 0755 hrs
Depart Cochin QR267 at 0855 hrs, arrive in Doha at 1050 hrs
DOHA – AMRITSAR
Daily From September 1
Depart Doha QR298 at 2100 hrs, arrive in Amritsar at 0305 hrs
Depart Amritsar QR299 at 0430 hrs, arrive in Doha at 0600 hrs
DOHA – DELHI
Extra Daily Flight From October 31
Depart Doha QR 234 at 0050 hrs, arrive Delhi at 0700 hrs
Depart Delhi QR 235 at 0830 hrs, arrive Doha at 1015 hrs
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. The airline has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The carrier has aircraft orders for more than 200 jets worth over US$40 billion pending delivery and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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