Qatar Airways is ramping up its Mediterranean network, adding two new destinations in the first half of 2020. The Doha-based carrier will also add 66 weekly frequencies to 20 existing destinations in its network due to strong market demand and the recent deliveries of more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct flights to Santorini, its fourth destination in Greece –after Athens, Mykonos and Thessaloniki – with services to begin on 20 May, 2020. Flights to Dubrovnik, Croatia, the airline’s second destination in Croatia after Zagreb will commence on 20 April, 2020.
Today’s announcements follow just one day after the inaugural service to Gaborone, Botswana that marked the ninth new destination launched by the airline in 2019. The airline also reconfirmed Osaka, Japan will join the airline’s network in 2020, with the inaugural flight departing on 6 April.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are committed to offering our passengers as many seamless one-stop connection choices as possible. With the addition of these new routes, our network will expand to 170 passenger destinations, further consolidating our position as one of the world’s most connected airlines.
“We also invite all passengers to enjoy the extra capacity and flexibility provided by the 66 additional weekly frequencies we are adding to 20 existing destinations in our network. We are dedicated to giving our customers more options and flexibility when planning their business and leisure trips.”
The seasonal flights to Santorini, Greece and Dubrovnik, Croatia will be operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
Dubrovnik, Croatia – Three weekly flights expanding to five (18 May to 30 September)
Santorini, Greece – up to four weekly flights
Osaka, Japan – five weekly flights expanding to daily from 23 June 2020
Capacity increases planned for 2020:
- Adana, Turkey will increase from three to five weekly flights
- Antalya, Turkey will increase from three to five weekly flights
- Athens, Greece will increase from three to four daily flights
- Belgrade, Serbia will increase from seven to 10 weekly flights
- Bodrum, Turkey will increase from three to five weekly flights
- Edinburgh, Scotland will increase from 10 to 14 weekly flights
- Oslo, Norway will increase from 10 to 14 weekly flights
- Venice, Italy will increase from seven to 11 weekly flights
- Warsaw, Poland will increase from 14 to 18 weekly flights
- Zurich, Switzerland will increase from 14 to 18 weekly flights
- Maputo, Mozambique will increase from three to five weekly flights
- Windhoek, Namibia will increase from five to seven weekly flights
- Three of the seven weekly flights to Kigali, Rwanda to be delinked from Entebbe, Uganda and operate direct non-stop flights to each destination
- Daily service to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania will be delinked with nonstop direct daily flights to each destination
- Colombo, Sri Lanka will increase from four to five daily flights
- Dhaka, Bangladesh will increase from three to four daily flights
- Penang and Langkawi, Malaysia combined service will increase from five to seven weekly flights
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