Qatar Announces Launch Dates for New Routes

Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker (left) and Country Manager UAE Marwan Haber announced the expansion plans at a press conference at the Arabian Travel Market. (Qatar)

Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker (left) and Country Manager UAE Marwan Haber announced the expansion plans at a press conference at the Arabian Travel Market. (Qatar)

Launch dates for Qatar Airways’ new routes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have been announced.  Capacity hikes have also been introduced to a number of other international destinations from the carrier’s Doha hub.
The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker unveiled the plans to guests at the Arabian Travel Market, held in Dubai this week.
Four weekly flights to Iraq will begin with operations to Erbil on May 23, and to Baghdad on June 7.
From July 25, daily flights will be launched to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi, with daily flights to Mombasa via Dar es Salaam commencing on August 15.
Following a four-year absence from Myanmar, Qatar will also link Doha with Yangon from October 3.
Additionally plans were announced to increase capacity on several routes, including Kuala Lumpur, Milan, Paris, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Cairo, among others.
Mr Al Baker commented:  “We are entering new markets and strengthening our presence in established markets to provide a greater footprint.  In particular, we are focusing on markets that are in need of extra capacity.
“This year alone will see Qatar Airways take delivery of one new aircraft every 15 days, so there are plenty of opportunities to look at inducting them into service on both new and well-established routes.”