Qatar joins Stansted global cargo network
Qatar Airways Cargo to fly five times a week between Stansted, Doha and HK.
May 6, 2014
London Stansted has included Qatar Airways Cargo into its cargo network, marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK.
The airline will operate five weekly flights to Stansted, from HK via the Qatari capital, Doha, using a B777-200 freighter. The first flight touched down at 3.40am and was welcomed to London by a water arch created by two airport fire fighting vehicles.
The new route is the first cargo service to be launched following the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) decision in March to remove Stansted from economic price regulation. Following a two-year review, the CAA concluded that Stansted did not have substantial market power in its cargo operations and that it should be free from regulation to compete with other airports for cargo services.