Qatar Airways commences direct service from Doha to Cardiff

Qatar Airways has commenced its first ever service from Doha to Cardiff Airport, marking the start of a new direct route between Wales and the Middle East.

The inaugural flight took off on May 1, from Hamad International Airport, Doha, operated on the latest Airbus A350-900. The regular service will now operate on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. The new service to Qatar will link Wales and the South West of England to global markets across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

The Qatar Airways flight will depart, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Doha at 07:25, arriving Cardiff at 12:50; and on return, depart from Cardiff at 15:55 arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15, arriving Cardiff at 06:40; and on return; departing Cardiff at 08:10 and arriving Doha at 17:00 hours.

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational.

‘I sincerely thank H.E., Mr. Akbar Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us. I am confident that the team at Cardiff Airport will deliver a world-class service with Qatar Airways for all of our passengers both visiting Wales and those travelling across the world.

‘The critically important relationship between Qatar, Wales and the United Kingdom is substantially strengthened today.’

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to our capital city, Cardiff.

‘The new direct service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.

‘Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.’

Qatar Airways to launch new Doha-Cardiff route this summer

Qatar Airways is set to commence a new year-round service from Doha to Cardiff starting this summer.

Effective from May 1, 2018, Qatar Airways will be the first airline to offer daily flights between Doha and Cardiff, offering connecting services between the Welsh capital and other destinations globally via Qatar Airways’ network. The new route will be inaugurated using the latest Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and will later be served using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘The launch of our new service to Cardiff is a major milestone for Qatar Airways. It makes sense that the inaugural flight that welcomes Qatar Airways to Wales is on the A350-900, as the wings of this very plane are built at the Airbus plant in Broughton, North Wales. The new service will connect the Welsh people with more destinations globally and provide them the opportunity to experience our unparalleled five-star service. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and points beyond.’

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘On behalf of the team at Cardiff Airport, I am immensely proud that world-class airline Qatar Airways has recognised the potential that exists within the region and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a regular service to Doha from May 1st. The service opens up a world of connectivity for our customers in Wales and South West England to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia and beyond.

‘I am also very excited that Qatar Airways has chosen to mark the inaugural flight with the use of the A350-900. This is fantastic recognition of the aircraft’s links with Wales and the engineering prowess that we have here, and we very much look forward to welcoming this stunning aircraft to Cardiff Airport as part of the huge celebration when the new route begins in just a few weeks’ time.’

The new service will depart Cardiff at 15:55 hours, arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On return, the flight will depart Doha at 07:25 hours, arriving Qatar at 12:50 hours on these days. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Cardiff at 18:10 hours, arriving Doha at 17:00 hours; on return, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15 hours and arriving Cardiff at 06:40 hours.

Following the inaugural flight, the new service between Doha and Cardiff will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that features 22 seats in Business Class, offering passengers direct aisle access with its 1-2-1 configuration, and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways currently serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with services to London Gatwick to commence on May 22, 2018.

Gatwick adds new double daily service to Qatar, expands service on transatlantic routes

London Gatwick is planning to increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with the introduction of a new route to Qatar operated by Qatar Airways, starting May 2018.

In addition, Norwegian has announced plans to offer passengers more choice with additional frequencies, on transatlantic routes, adding 150,000 extra seats from Gatwick this summer. The airline also starts new routes to Austin and Chicago this March – adding to its new Buenos Aires service that was launched in February.

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Qatar Airways – one of the world’s premier airlines – to Gatwick for this exciting new double-daily service to Doha. Our existing airlines are also providing even more choice for passengers with Norwegian starting routes to Austin and Chicago this month while also adding 150,000 extra seats on their transatlantic services from Gatwick this summer.’

Gatwick, which was named London Airport of the Year at the London Transport Awards in February, registered its 60th month of consecutive growth in February. The airport marked five full years of month-on-month growth as 3.0 million passengers travelled through last month, an increase of 0.7 per cent compared to 2017.

Commenting on the continued growth at the airport, Wingate said: ‘Our February traffic figures mark five consecutive years of growth and during this time Gatwick has been transformed by our ongoing GBP2.7 billion investment programme. Our passengers now have a wealth of choice through an extensive route network – including over 60 long haul routes – a variety of airlines plus world-class airport facilities.’

‘February’s passenger figures are the latest demonstration of Gatwick’s importance as a vital piece of UK infrastructure providing global connectivity at a time when the country needs it most. We have exciting plans for growth maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst we also offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme,’ he added.

Qatar Airways announces direct non-stop daily service from Doha to Dublin

Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Ireland, commencing June 12, 2017.

Dublin serves as the gateway to all of Ireland. The city’s key attractions include St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and the famed Wicklow Mountains.

Starting June 12, 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, the new Qatar Airways’ flights will depart from Doha at 01.25 hours arriving Dublin at 07.25 hours. The return flights will depart from Dublin at 08.50 hours to arrive Doha at 18.05 hours. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, the flight will leave Doha at 07.20 hours arriving Dublin at 13.20 hours, with return flights leaving Dublin at 15.25 hours to arrive Doha at 00:40+1.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘Qatar Airways has seen unprecedented growth in recent times and continues to launch new destinations on our global route map, enhancing connectivity for our passengers from around the world. The launch of flights to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is an exciting addition to our network and I am confident that business and leisure passengers will benefit from our Boeing 787 Dreamliner service and smooth onward connections through our home and hub, Hamad International Airport.’

Dublin Airport Managing Director Mr. Vincent Harrison said, ‘We look forward to welcoming the new daily Doha service from June and to working closely with Qatar Airways to promote the route. This service will bring extra choice and convenience for passengers and will also add Dublin and Ireland to Qatar’s growing global network.’

Qatar Airways’ new direct non-stop flight to the Irish capital will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Business class is configured in a 1-2-1 layout with 22 seats, while economy has 232 seats in a 3-3-3 layout. All seats feature individual television screens and on board WIFI, with business class seats reclining into a fully flat bed.

Passengers flying from Dublin can have a quick transfer at Hamad International Airport to travel to more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ global network. Qatar Airways has opened 13 new destinations in 2016 so far. The new cities added this year are Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in the United States; Birmingham, U.K.; Helsinki, Finland; Pisa, Italy; Marrakech, Morocco; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Windhoek, Namibia; Sydney and Adelaide in Australia; Krabi in Thailand a return to the Seychelles on December 12.

Qatar Airways announces launch of Birmingham-Doha route from March 2016

Birmingham Airport and Qatar Airways have announced plans to launch a new service between Birmingham and Doha starting March 30, 2016.

With eight flights a week, including two flights on Saturdays, the new route offers passengers travelling to and from Birmingham a greater choice and convenience of seamless transfers at the airline’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport. Birmingham, the centre for the largest concentration of businesses outside of London with nearly 34,285 companies including over 700 international firms, is expected to benefit significantly with the new service.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: ‘We are delighted to announce Birmingham as Qatar Airways’ fourth destination in the United Kingdom from March 2016. This additional route strengthens Qatar Airways’ commitment to the regions across the UK and will create new commercial and leisure links between the city of Birmingham and the 152 destinations served by the airline.’

Birmingham Airport Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kehoe said: ‘This is fantastic news for both Birmingham Airport and the region, and is our tenth new airline to announce or launch this year. Not only will our passengers have the choice of flying with the award winning carrier to Doha’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport, they will have a choice of 152 destinations served by the airline, including South East Asia, China and Australasia.’

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats have individual television screens, offering the latest in-flight entertainment with nearly 2,000 options. In Business Class, every seat is an aisle seat where passengers can catch up on sleep in a fully-flat bed or utilise the work surface area. Passengers can also stay connected while travelling with the option of Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the aircraft.

The departure times in both directions offer onward connections to 152 key business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network. Passengers can also benefit from reduced journey times from Birmingham through to Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa with cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

World Travel Awards grand final to be held in Doha, Qatar

World Travel Awards (WTA) has confirmed that its 20th Grand Final will be hosted by La Cigale Hotel, Doha on November 30, 2013.

Considered to be ‘the Oscar’s of the travel industry,’ WTA was established in 1993 to recognise and honour the leading travel, tourism and hospitality organisations in the world. It rewards companies that excel in their products and services through innovation.

The first of the World Travel Awards event was held in Hollywood in 1994, and finals since then have been hosted in the world’s most exotic locations including London, New York, Las Vegas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos and New Delhi. More than 4,000 guests from 92 countries, as well as media from 194 TV channels and publications, attended the 2012 WTA Grand Tour ceremonies.

World Travel Awards senior vice president, Kevin Taylor, said: ‘We are delighted to take World Travel Awards to Doha, Qatar for the second time, and to have La Cigale Hotel as host is an extra delight for us. Over the years the World Travel Awards winners shield has become trusted by the travel industry and leisure and business travellers as signifying excellence in quality of product and service, and we look forward to the next twenty years.’

Housni El Yaman, director of sales & marketing at La Cigale Hotel said ‘With our Qatari hospitality & impressive entertainment program headed by the famous artist Maya Diab, we are proud to bring this event for the second time to Doha and welcome more than 750 travel tourism and hospitality professionals from all over the world.’

The World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2013 has included regional legs in the Maldives, Dubai (UAE), Antalya (Turkey), Kenya, Peru, and Antigua throughout the year, and the winners of the regional awards will compete in the Gand Final.

Located near the Doha International Airport, La Cigale Hotel is a five star deluxe property offering a retreat for business and leisure travellers. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World since 2008, the Qatar Tourism Authority honoured La Cigale Hotel with a ‘Quality Certificate’ in 2013. It was also awarded the ‘World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality’ 2012, and clinched ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience,’ ‘Middle East’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience’ 2013 and ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel’ 2013 for the third time, after receiving the award in 2010 and 2012.

 

Qatar Airways Introduces Dreamliner on London to Doha Route

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be offering its newly acquired Boeing 787 aircraft for commercial service to London Heathrow Airport in the UK, from Doha, in Qatar.

The airline has recently taken delivery of its initial 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Seattle, US, headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate the London-Doha service.

The airline becomes the first to operate regular scheduled flights to the UK with Boeing’s next generation aircraft. The new service to London Heathrow commences from December 13, 2012.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

Qatar Airways to Fly Dreamliner flights to London Heathrow

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be introducing its brand new Dreamliner aircraft on routes between Doha and London from December 13, 2012.

The airline has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft recently, and is expected to take delivery of around 60 Dreamliners that are on order, over the next few years.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

The B787 aircraft will operate on flight QR075 from Doha to Heathrow. The new aircraft feature Wi-Fi Internet access, touch screen Android IFE systems, and two-class seating.

Gambia signs accord with Qatari firm to develop tourism

The tourism department of The Gambia has signed a deal with a firm in Qatar to develop facilities for tourists in the nation.

The department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Katara Hospitality in Qatar to develop a resort in Gambia. The minimum capital investment for the project is $250m. The MoU was signed by Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, minister of Tourism and Culture in Gambia, and Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, chairman of Katara Hospitality. The terms of the MoU will require the Gambian government to provide Katara Hospitality with 18 hectares of land to develop the project.

The minister for tourism said that the development would enhance tourism in the country and hoped that the resort would be completed soon. She added that the nation was giving a boost to tourism as the country had tremendous tourism prospects.

The minister said, ‘There have been some investments in our hospitality industry from investors. We are getting many tourists from Europe. Our country is very stable and peaceful. So, there are lots of incentives and opportunities for investors. On behalf of His Excellency the president of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh, we wish to place on record our sincere appreciation and profound gratitude to the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa-Al Thani, who values heavily, The Gambia’s relationship with Qatar.’

Qatar Airways to Offer Services from Birmingham UK

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, is currently planning to operate new scheduled flights from Birmingham Airport in the UK.

The new destination will be its third in the UK, and it will serve the Midland’s area. It follows London Heathrow Airport, which serves the capital and the southeast, and Manchester Airport, which serves the north of the country.

The airline, which has recently completed its feasibility studies on two more UK airports, is yet to announce details of the specific proposed locations.

In a statement the airline said, ‘Qatar Airways is committed to the UK market, where we currently operate 45 non-stop flights each week between the UK and the State of Qatar.

The UK represents the largest single European market for Qatar Airways with the high level of frequencies we operate. Naturally, as part of our growth plans, we are considering opening up new UK gateways to offer customers more choice.

We can confirm we are planning to launch passenger flights to Birmingham, but are not yet in a position to announce a date nor schedules. As for the other two UK airports we are interested in, we cannot comment further on these as we are currently in the process of carrying out feasibility studies.’

The airline currently offers five daily services from Heathrow Airport and 10 flights a week from Manchester Airport. The airline is planning to offer its services using its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from September 2012, on the Heathrow to Doha route.