Qatar Expands Wings to Mediterranean and Japan

Allen | December 22, 2019

The Middle Eastern airline announced last week it will be flying to Dubrovnik, Santorini and Osaka from April next year “in response to market demand”.

Flights to Santorini and Dubrovnik will be summer only, with four weekly flights to Santorini and three to five flights a week to Dubrovnik until the end of September. Passengers will be able to fly to Osaka daily from end-June, increasing from the initial five weekly flights. The three additional airports takes Qatar Airway’s global destinations to 170.

The new flights to Croatia will start on 20 April 2020, the Greek island on 20 May, and central Japan on 6 April. Currently, Qatar Airways flies to three Greek destinations of Athens, Mykonos and Thessaloniki, plus Zagreb in Croatia and Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda in Japan.

Cementing its presence in the skies, Qatar Airways has also announced it will be increasing its departures on 20 of its current routes. Among those are two direct flights from Doha to East Africa next year, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Kigali in Rwanda.

“We invite 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,” the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said.

The following frequency increases are planned for 2020:

Europe

  • 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

 

Africa

  • 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 non-stop direct daily flights to each destination

 

Asia

  • 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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