Qatar Airways has responded to the continuous rise in passenger demand with an increase in the frequency of weekly flights to 10 of its most popular destinations throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The airline, which currently flies to 146 destinations around the globe, will implement the frequency increases over the next few months for a mix of business and leisure destinations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said:

Qatar Airways is committed to developing access to a number of destinations within our network which are popular with both our business and leisure travellers. Our most current frequency increases in the Middle East and Europe will provide our passengers with more flexibility and choice when it comes to planning their travel for both themselves and their families. We are pleased that so many travellers choose to fly with Qatar Airways, which is why we continue to expand the range of our five-star service and products.’

Commencing 16 May 2015, the airline will permanently increase weekly frequencies to seven destinations within its network. These include Ta’if, Saudi Arabia; Basra, Iraq; Najaf, Iraq; Gassim, Saudi Arabia; Ankara, Turkey; Zagreb, Croatia and Athens, Greece. The airline will also increase the weekly frequency of flights to an additional three destinations during the peak summer period, to meet the increase in demand over the holiday season: Alexandria, Egypt; Salalah, Oman and Larnaca, Cyprus. These additional flights will be seasonal only and the routes will revert back to their regular schedules from 15 September, 4 October and 24 October 2015 respectively.

The permanent frequency increases will see Ta’if, Zagreb and Ankara begin daily flight services commencing 16 May, 1 July and 3 July 2015 respectively. Meanwhile, the service to two Iraqi destinations will double from four to eight flights per week with Basra beginning on 16 May 2015 and Najaf on 2 June 2015, while 10 flights per week will be offered to Gassim as of 17 July 2015.

The most significant increase in frequency is the launch of an additional daily service on June 1 to Athens, bringing the number of weekly flights to the popular holiday destination up from 14 to 21 per week.

To help meet the demand of summer holiday travel, Qatar Airways will increase the number of flights per week to another three destinations. Service to Alexandria will increase to 14 flights a week from June 1 to September 15; flights to Larnaca will increase to a daily service from 3 June to 24 October 2015; and flights to Salalah will increase to 13 flights per week from 13 July to 4 October 2015.

Frequency increases:

Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) 7 flights a week from 4, beginning 16 May 2015
Basra (Iraq) 8 flights a week from 4, beginning 16 May 2015
Athens (Greece) 21 flights a week from 14, beginning 1 June 2015
Najaf (Iraq) 8 flights a week from 4, beginning 2 June 2015
Zagreb (Croatia) 7 flights a week from 5, beginning 1 July 2015
Ankara (Turkey) 7 flights a week from 6, beginning 3 July 2015
Gassim (Saudi Arabia) 10 flights a week from 8, beginning 17 July 2015

Seasonal frequency increases:

Alexandria (Egypt) 14 flights a week from 10 flights, from 1 June to 15 September 2015
Larnaca (Cyprus) 7 flights a week from 5 flights, from 3 June to 24 October 2015
Salalah (Oman) 13 flights a week from 11 flights, from 13 July to 4 October 2015

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 18 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 152 aircraft to 146 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

For more information or bookings or to check schedules, visit the Qatar Airways website.