Cake of the Week:
Qatar Airways’ Doha-Baku-Tbilisi
Tbilisi welcomed fast-growing Qatar Airways with a spectacular cake. The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker and TAV Georgia’s GM Mete Erkal exchanged gifts to celebrate the daily new service via Baku.
In Baku, Al Baker was welcomed by Azerbaijan Airlines Executive Director & VP Eldar Salimov. Al Baker said: “Azerbaijan’s rich energy resources offer great business opportunities, and a landscape that provides a good base for family and independent tourism. As well as enabling visitors from around the world to visit Baku, we also look forward to providing Azerbaijanis with the opportunity to fly to global destinations on Qatar Airways via our Doha hub.”
- Qatar Airways has added two new destinations to its Doha (DOH) based global network during the last week, and also resumed service to Tripoli (TIP) in Libya. The new destinations are Baku (GYD) in Azerbaijan and Tbilisi (TBS) in Georgia, which will both be served daily. Tbilisi is served non-stop while Baku, which will host the annual Eurovision Song Contest in May, is served via Tbilisi. Addressing guests in Baku, Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker said Azerbaijan’s developing tourism industry and energy resources were key factors in Qatar Airways’ decision to start operations there. “We assessed Azerbaijan as a destination with great potential that would create a new air corridor providing wider choices for both leisure and business travellers,” he said. “Azerbaijan’s rich energy resources offer great business opportunities, and a landscape that provides a good base for family and independent tourism. As well as enabling visitors from around the world to visit Baku, we also look forward to providing Azerbaijanis with the opportunity to fly to global destinations on Qatar Airways via our Doha hub.” Addressing guests on arrival in Tbilisi, Al Baker said Georgia was a highly underserved part of Europe, which prompted the airline to consider opening up the route. “Tbilisi becomes Qatar Airways’ 112th destination worldwide and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate our arrival here. We sincerely look forward to growing this route with additional capacity in the future and we look forward to welcoming more destinations into our ever increasing European network,” said Al Baker. Qatar Airways is operating 144-seat A320s on the Baku and Tbilisi routes. In addition, Qatar Airways returns to Tripoli with three weekly flights (via Alexandria in Egypt) after suspending operations last year due to the political situation. Al Baker said reviving the Tripoli flights, now that the political situation had eased, was a welcome boost to the airline’s operations helping meet demand to and from the Libyan capital. “Libya is an important market for us and it was unfortunate that unfolding events there had affected operations on safety grounds for all airlines flying to the country,” he said. “We are delighted to be going back to Tripoli and provide and help revive the much-needed air transport system in the country after the difficulties of the past few months.”