QATAR AIRWAYS CONTINUES MIDDLE EAST EXPANSION WITH FLIGHTS TO DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL AND SHARJAH
Additional Routes To The Middle East Both Launched Today
New Routes Bring The Airline’s Global Network To 136 Destinations
Inaugural Flights Welcomed With Traditional Water Salutes
1 March 2014
Doha – Qatar Airways has continued its aggressive expansion plans with the launch today of two new regional routes, thereby growing its strong connections within the Middle East.
The new routes, to Sharjah and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), will both operate daily from the airline’s hub in Doha and add to the existing Qatar Airways network of flights to Dubai (DXB) and Abu Dhabi, doubling the total number of destinations within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from two to four.
The new UAE routes will both be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft and customers from around the world will benefit from the increased accessibility to the region as well as convenient connection times across the airline’s expanding global network. There will be three flights daily to Sharjah, with two flights per day to DWC.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, commented; “Over the years, we have focused upon the expansion of our route network, and today’s launches to Sharjah and DWC demonstrate our commitment to the United Arab Emirates.”
“As one of our closest neighbours in the Gulf, it is of key importance to offer excellent and frequent air travel connections to the UAE, and the location of both airports relative to our network will afford travelers an even wider variety of options when they are looking to reach their final destinations”, he added.
H.E. Sheikh Khalid Bin Essam Al Qassimi, Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation-Sharjah, said:” We would like to thank Qatar Airways for their choice to use Sharjah International Airport as a new destination within its international network. This will add value to the travelers using the airport to reach their destinations in Europe, Asia and America. In addition, it will enhance the trade and transportation services between Sharjah and Doha.”
Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa, said: “The launch of daily flights to Sharjah International Airport reflects the confidence of the international airlines in services and facilities provided by the airport. Today we are delighted to receive the inaugural flight of Qatar Airways, the international carrier with an excellent reputation, which will connect both Sharjah and Doha”.
Today Sharjah is the third largest of the seven emirates which form the UAE and offers an impressive array of over 20 museums, several art galleries and beautifully restored heritage areas in this bustling port city. It is in this regard that the city was named the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 in recognition of its achievements.
Dubai World Central (DWC), located in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai southwest of the city, is a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai for the establishment of the world’s first aerotropolis. Leveraging the emirate's position as a leading global trade, business and aviation hub, the focus of DWC is on economic development for the region.
FROM DOHA TO SHARJAH
QR1022 Departure Doha at 02.00 Arrival Sharjah at 03.59
QR1036 Departure Doha at 08:15 Arrival Sharjah at 10:15
QR 1038 Departure Doha at 20:35 Arrival Sharjah at 22:35
FROM SHARJAH TO DOHA
QR1023 Departure Sharjah at 05.15 Arrival Doha at 05.15
QR1037 Departure Sharjah at 11:15 Arrival Doha at 11:15
QR1039 Departure Sharjah at 23:35 Arrival Doha at 23:35
FROM DOHA TO DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL (DWC)
QR1028 Departure Doha at 06:00 Arrival DWC at 08:10
QR1034 Departure Doha at 20:30 Arrival DWC at 22:40
FROM DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL (DWC) TO DOHA
QR1029 Departure DWC at 09:10 Arrival Doha at 09:15
QR1035 Departure DWC at 23:40 Arrival Doha at 23:45
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 136 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first major Gulf carrier to join the global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.
Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 280 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.