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.
The 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 July 16, 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 June 18, 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 October 1.
The popular Far East destination of Kuala Lumpur, which is currently served 21 times-a-week, will have three additional flights from July 2 to August 29, 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 July 2.
Starting from July 1, Qatar Airways will initially operate five weekly flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro, and commencing October 1, 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 July 1 and July 3 respectively. Service to Luxor in Egypt will increase with one more weekly flight effective from November 1, 2015 to March 20, 2016.
Najaf in Iraq will be operated with two additional weekly flights from July 15 taking its frequency to 10 weekly flights. From September 18, 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 October 6.
Highlights of the frequency upgrades are:
Dubai (DXB & DWC) 126 flights a week to 133 (19 daily flights), from July 16
Jeddah 14 flights a week to 21, from June 18
Peshawar 3 flights a week to daily flights, from October 1
Kuala Lumpur 21 flights a week to 24 flights a week, from July 2 to August 29
Sofia-Belgrade 5 flights a week to daily flights, from July 2
Zanzibar 5 flights a week to daily flights, from October 1
Asmara 3 flights a week to 4, from July 1
Djibouti 3 flights a week to 4, from July 3
Luxor 4 flights a week to 5, from November 1, 2015 to March 20, 2016
Najaf 8 flights a week to 10 from July 15, and from 10 flights a week to double-daily flights from September 18
Salalah 8 flights a week to 11, from October 6
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.