Qatar Airways expands its direct flights offering

2017-11-22 09:33 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town – The renowned and award-winning Qatar Airways will be increasing its daily flights to the Scandinavian capitals of Stockholm and Oslo and the Italian cities of Milan and Rome.

Increasing access

An increase in demand to fly to European destinations from the Asia Pacific region has resulted in Qatar Airways increasing their flights to 17 per week to Rome, Milan, and Stockholm from Hamad International Airport. Flights to Oslo will increase to 10 per week. This increases access for travellers to explore Europe.

Qatar Airways announced that it will host double daily flights to Russia’s capital, Moscow. This flight frequency is set to increase to three times per day from 14 December 2017 and be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline is opening access to St Petersburg on 19 December – paving the way for travel to Russia.

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The airline’s desire to increase access to Europe has been indicated in a statement by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, who says “Qatar Airways continues to expedite its ambitious expansion plans and demonstrate strong growth across Europe and Russia”.

The national carrier of the state of Qatar presently provides double daily flights to Moscow, Stockholm, Milan, and Rome with a mixed-use of Boeing B787, Airbus A330, and Airbus A321 aircrafts.

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Italy and Russia

The service to Italy flies to the following four cities - Rome, Milan, Pisa and Venice - and recently the airline strengthened its commitment to Italy with the gaining of 29% of AQA Holding. The AQA is a new parent company of Meridiana fly and the previous shareholder Alisarda has kept 51%. The airline is moving onward and upward from its recent award of Airline of the Year in the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

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In addition to the flight frequency increases, Qatar Airways recently announced additional daily non-stop flights to Kyiv, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki due to a significant increase in passenger demand.

European travellers will be able to reach more than 150 business and leisure destinations across six continents with the airline’s young fleet with non-stop flights.

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