Qatar Airways outlines 2012 plot

by Emily DUNBAR on December 29, 2011

Qatar Airways has outlined its route expansion plans for next year, which focus on Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Highlights include Western Australia’s main draw, Perth, the capital of Finland, Helsinki, Zagreb in Croatia, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, and three new east African cities that are Mombasa in Kenya, Zanzibar in Tanzania, and Kigali in Rwanda. Operative out of the Qatari capital, Doha, the flagship carrier will launch all seven of its new routes in the next few months.

The mentioned destinations will join the previously announced capitals of Azerbaijan and Georgia respectively, Baku and Tbilisi, which will become a part of Qatar Airways’ rapidly-expanding family of routes as of 1 February. Speaking at a press conference, Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ chief executive officer, explained that airline started in 1997 but has grown at an alarming rate while evolving into a truly global network carrier.

He added that the pride of Qatar is keen to carry on operating in and around key business and holiday destinations across the map, while also experimenting with undiscovered markets that other rivals dare not venture to. At the World Travel Awards this year, Qatar Airways was given the prestigious honour of being recognised as the Arab world’s Leading Airline Business Class. Seeing though the next WTA Grand Final is to be held in Doha on 22 January, the carrier will attempt to defend its title on its own turf.

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