The new service will be operated on a 335 seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, adding 245,000 seats per year.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. As Skytrax’s 2015 Airline of the Year, Qatar Airways will provide passengers with a quality product and greater connectivity to destinations around the world,” Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.
“The new daily service will significantly boost inbound tourism to NSW, as well as create an estimated 3,000 jobs nationally and contribute over $240 million to the Australian economy.
“Qatar Airways’ service will also provide greater air cargo access to the Middle East and the growing Qatar market, which is great for NSW exports.”
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, with a modern fleet of 166 aircraft. It is a member of the oneworld global alliance, which includes Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, JAL, Malaysia Airlines and LATAM, all of whom currently serve Sydney.
“We are delighted to debut our daily Sydney flights next March. The expansion of our Australia services will undoubtedly boost and strengthen the trade and commercial links that exist between Qatar and Australia, setting the stage for even more robust partnership opportunities in the near future,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said.
“We look forward to carrying more travellers to and from Australia across our extensive global network and providing them with another world-class experience both on board and on ground at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the announcement: “Sydney is the gateway to Australia and our most popular city and state for visitors. This new service from Qatar Airways will enable NSW to capitalise on the airline’s access to European markets as well as countries across their global network, and according to Sydney Airport will generate an estimated $95 million to the NSW visitor economy. In addition, at least 2,500 jobs are expected to be created in NSW as a result of the new service.”
Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan welcomed the new Qatar services which represented, he said, a valuable increase in aviation capacity and improved access to Australia, particularly for travellers flying from the UK and Europe.
Daily flights between Doha and Sydney from 1 March 2016 (all times local)
Depart Doha at 20:10, arrive Sydney at 18:05 (next day)
Depart Sydney at 22:20, arrive Doha at 05:05 (next day)