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Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport Welcome Iberia to Qatar: The Inaugural of The Daily Services Between Madrid and Doha Marks Another Partnership Milestone Boosting Global Connectivity

Qatar Airways and Iberia now jointly offer three daily flights between the Spanish and Qatari capital cities, further strengthening the long-standing cooperation between IAG, Iberia’s parent company, and the Qatar Airways Group.


Iberia will also join and significantly expand the existing strategic alliance between British Airways and Qatar Airways, with the three carriers operating the largest airline joint business in the world, connecting customers to more than 200 destinations in 70 countries.

DOHA, Qatar – Today marks another milestone, as Qatar Airways welcomed Iberia’s first non-stop flight to Doha, Qatar from Madrid, Spain. This addition, further cements the Skytrax “Best Airport in the Middle East”, Hamad International Airport (DOH), as a gateway to the world. Iberia’s new daily service complements Qatar Airways’ two daily flights between the capital cities of Spain and Qatar and three daily flights between Barcelona and Doha. These services expand on our commitment to the Spanish market and support our joint ambition to expand the world's largest airline joint business between Qatar Airways, British Airways and Iberia.


Through Madrid, London and Doha, the three strategic partners offer unparalleled connectivity to more than 200 destinations in Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East and Africa, with the most efficient transfers through their five-star hubs. Whether travelling from Madrid to Bali, Sydney to Ibiza, Lisbon to Maputo, or Doha to Malaga, the combined networks will provide fast and reliable itineraries to all passengers.


“As part of the unique partnership between Qatar Airways, British Airways and Iberia, passengers can enjoy the best service on the ground and in the air, while seamlessly connecting to their favourite destinations. The unique partnership between Qatar Airways, British Airways and Iberia offers more customers even greater flexibility, choice and value, and today’s inaugural flight reinforces Qatar as a destination of choice in the region, and Hamad International Airport as a global gateway.”


Passengers transferring through Hamad International Airport are treated to a vast array of offerings that transform the transit experience into a seamless journey. Serving as a diverse lifestyle destination, the airport caters to all passenger profiles, ensuring a personalised and enjoyable visit. Offering a plethora of dining and shopping options to numerous spaces for relaxation, including lounges, hotels, and sleeping pods, the airport is designed to exceed expectations. Adding to the allure are unique experiences such as the ORCHARD, the airport’s stunning indoor tropical garden, and captivating art installations. Hamad International Airport not only connects destinations but crafts an immersive and memorable travel experience for every traveler passing through its gates.


Passengers can also turn one holiday into two, availing themselves of incredible stopover packages to Qatar, the perfect destination for a taste of local culture, desert adventures, world-class shopping, fine dining, and much more. Stopover packages include tours for passengers with over four-hour layovers or even overnight stays from one to four nights.


Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori, said: “With the launch of Iberia flights, our valued customers including corporates and trade partners, can capitalise on the additional capacity between Madrid and Doha. The schedules complement each other and provide unparalleled access to hundreds of destinations across both networks.


The partnership also offers members of the airlines’ loyalty programmes the benefit of a common currency - Avios. Members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club, Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club are able to collect and spend Avios on flights with all three airlines.

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class Lounge' and 'World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining' at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the 'World’s Best Airline' voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022). As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to nearly 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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