Qatar Airways to launch six new routes
Qatar Airways has revealed plans to launch six new routes in Europe and Asia from October 2010.
The airline will phase in the route expansion over a four-month period with daily flights to Phuket from 11 October 11. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur.
The carrier will also fly four times weekly to Hanoi via Bangkok from 1 November; three times weekly to Nice via Milan from 24 November; four flights weekly to Bucharest from 17 January 2010; and five flights weekly to Brussels from 31 January.
“Qatar Airways’ track record to grow remains strong and solid,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“Budapest, Bucharest, Brussels, Nice, Hanoi and Phuket represent markets underserved so these are excellent opportunities for us to tap into.
“We spend a lot of time diligently analysing new route opportunities and I am pleased to say that the routes being announced today will not only open up new markets, but also strengthen our network strategy over our Doha hub.”
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 84 aircraft, flying to 90 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.
This week - starting 24 June - Qatar Airways introduces South America into the airline’s family of routes with the launch of flights to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
South America represents the latest destination for Qatar Airways this year. Over the past six months, the carrier has introduced flights to Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo and Barcelona.