Qatar Airways continues with expansion plan
Qatar Airways is set for yet another year of signficant expansion with the announcement of launch dates for new routes in Africa, Europe and Australia.
October 5, 2012
Qatar Airways is set for yet another year of signficant expansion with the announcement of launch dates for new routes in Africa, Europe and Australia. The African expansion drive is set to continue with scheduled services starting to the Rwandan capital Kigali on 21 March. Zagreb will boost the airline’s European portfolio further with the launch of flights to the Croatian capital from 9 May. And beginning 3 July, Qatar Airways adds Perth as its second route in Australia.
Ahead of those launch dates Qatar Airways has from 1 February started new services to the south eastern European cities of Baku and Tbilisi in Azerbaijan and Georgia, respectively. Plans are also underway to begin flights to Zanzibar (Tanzania), Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Mombasa (Kenya) and Helsinki (Finland). Last year, Qatar Airways’ expansion focused on Europe with the introduction of seven new routes – Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Venice, Sofia and Oslo, taking its European capacity to 27 destinations. The addition of Baku, Tbilisi and Zagreb is a significant the carrier said, because they are underserved markets with limited capacity.
Meanwhile, Kigali, rich in mining and a key African business centre, becomes the latest stop on Qatar Airways’ 16-strong city African network, which last year saw two destinations added on the Continent – Entebbe and Benghazi. Operating via Entebbe, the daily Kigali flights provide excellent connections over Qatar Airways’ Doha hub to cities across the Middle East, Europe and Far East.