Qatar Airways expands its presence in the UAE

On 1 March, Dubai Al Maktoum Airport welcomed Qatar Airways’ first service from Doha, which will be operated twice-daily by a mixed fleet of A320s and A321s.

On the same day, Sharjah Airport celebrated the arrival of Qatar Airways. Exchanging mementoes are (left to right): Sheikh Khalid Bin Essam Al Qasimi, Chairman Civil Aviation, Sharjah; and Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways.

  • Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, increased its offering to the UAE with two new services from its Doha (DOH) base on 1 March, both of which will be operated utilising a mixed fleet of the carrier’s 144-seat A320s and 182-seat A321s. With the longest sector being the 386-kilometre service to Sharjah (SHJ) operated thrice-daily and the shortest being to Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) at 365 kilometres and served twice-daily, only the former will face direct competition from Air Arabia’s twice-daily services. Commenting on the route launches, Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways, said: “Over the years, we have focused upon the expansion of our route network, and today’s launches to Sharjah and Dubai Al Maktoum demonstrate our commitment to the UAE. 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 travellers an even wider variety of options when they are looking to reach their final destinations”. See how both Dubai Al Maktoum Airport and Sharjah Airport got on in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.

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