Qatar Airways Announces New Destinations In Australia And India, Increases Capacity

Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled services to Australia and expand its operations in India. The airline will fly non-stop from its hub in Doha to the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, together with new services to Goa and Amritsar in India later this year with the start of the Northern Winter 2009 Schedule.


Subject to regulatory approval, Qatar Airways will introduce the Australian routes as it takes delivery of more Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. The airline currently has 8 Boeing 777s in its fleet, of which 2 are the B777-200LR variant capable of flying between Doha and Australia non-stop. The announcement confirms industry speculation following the expansion of air services between Qatar and Australia, allowing Qatar Airways to operate up to 14 flights a week to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and/or Sydney.


Qatar Airways will also fly to the popular beach holiday destination of Goa and Amritsar, located in India’s northwestern state of Punjab and home to the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. The addition of the 2 new routes will expand Qatar Airways’ network in India to 11 destinations, where it currently operates 58 flights a week to Ahmedabad, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur and Trivandrum.


In addition to the route expansion, the Doha-based airline will increase capacity to 8 cities. From 29 March 2009, Geneva (5 flights a week), Lagos (daily flights), Manila (double daily flights), Muscat (21 flights a week) and Mashad (5 flights a week) will receive frequency additions, while 10 flights a week will be operated to Kuala Lumpur from 1 June 2009. In October, operations to Algiers (6 flights a week) and Tunis (5 flights a week) will be increased.


From its hub at Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways flies to over 80 destinations across 4 continents with a modern fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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