Qatar Airways has announced network frequency increases to multiple destinations across its global network.
The national airline is adding frequencies to its popular routes – Dubai (UAE), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Peshawar (Pakistan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Belgrade (Serbia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Asmara (Eritrea), Djibouti (Djibouti), Najaf (Iraq), Luxor (Egypt), Salalah (Oman) and Zanzibar (Tanzania) all of which are launching over the coming months.
he increases in frequency will provide business and leisure travellers to and from these destinations with more flexibility and greater choice to connect onto Qatar Airways’ extensive global network covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
From 16 July 2015, Qatar Airways will increase its frequency on the Doha – Dubai route with one additional daily flight, taking its capacity up to 15 services a day to Dubai International Airport (DXB), which also takes the total frequency to DXB and DWC to 19 flights a day. Dubai has the highest frequency in the airline’s route network and this popular Gulf destination is currently served 126 times a week.
Flights to destinations in the Middle East has also increased with an additional daily flight during Ramadan to Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; from 18 June 2015, services to Jeddah have risen from double-daily flights to triple-daily flights.
The third daily flight to Jeddah is being operated with an all-premium First Class service. The Airbus A319 aircraft fitted with an all First Class, single aisle, 2–2 seating configuration with 40 seats, will enable passengers to experience complete comfort and privacy with Qatar Airways’ award-winning five-star hospitality.
Qatar Airways will also be strengthening its commitment to Pakistan. After the recent announcement to launch flights to three new destinations (Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan), the airline is expanding further in Pakistan with Peshawar moving from three weekly flights to daily flights effective from 1 October 2015.
The popular Far East destination of Kuala Lumpur, which is currently served 21 times-a-week, will have three additional flights from 2 July to 29 August 2015, helping to supplement busy travel demands during this summer season.
The Sofia-Belgrade linked route, which is currently served with five flights a week, will see an increase to daily flights when it adds two more flights commencing 2 July 2015.
Starting from July 1, Qatar Airways will initially operate five weekly flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro, and commencing 1 October 2015, the airline will offer an additional two weekly flights making it a daily operation to Zanzibar. Out of the daily flights from October, passengers will be able to fly non-stop to Zanzibar three-times-a-week and on a linked flight via Kilimanjaro four-times-a-week.
Expansion in Africa includes one additional weekly flight to both Asmara and Djibouti from 1 July and 3 July 2015 respectively. Service to Luxor in Egypt will increase with one more weekly flight effective from 1 November 2015 to 20 March 2016.
Najaf in Iraq will be operated with two additional weekly flights from 15 July 2015 taking its frequency to 10 weekly flights. From 18 September 2015, four additional weekly flights will be launched to Najaf making it a double-daily operation.
In addition, Qatar Airways will operate three more weekly flights to popular tourist destination Salalah from 6 October 2015.
Highlights of the frequency upgrades are:
Dubai (DXB & DWC) – 126 flights a week to 133 (19 daily flights), from 16 July 2015
Jeddah – 14 flights a week to 21, from 18 June 2015
Peshawar – 3 flights a week to daily flights, from 1 October 2015
Kuala Lumpur – 21 flights a week to 24 flights a week, from 2 July to 29 August 2015
Sofia-Belgrade – 5 flights a week to daily flights, from 2 July 2015
Zanzibar – 5 flights a week to daily flights, from 1 October 2015
Asmara – 3 flights a week to 4, from 1 July 2015
Djibouti – 3 flights a week to 4, from 3 July 2015
Luxor – 4 flights a week to 5, from 1 November 2015 to 20 March 2016
Najaf – 8 flights a week to 10 from 15 July 2015, and from 10 flights a week to double-daily flights from 18 September 2015
Salalah – 8 flights a week to 11, from 6 October 2015
Qatar Airways has expanded rapidly during its 18 years of operation and today serves 147 destinations around the world with a 161-strong fleet of modern, state-of-the-art aircraft including the A350 XWB for which it is the global launch customer.