The best bit about a new route launch – the presents!!! The exchange of gifts between Gökhan Buğday, CEO of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, and Marwan Koleilat, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways.
- Qatar Airways has become the first of the MEB3 airlines (Emirates, Etihad Airways and itself) to serve Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), following on from its new route trail blazing of last week, when it became the first of the three Middle Eastern mega carriers to start operations to Hofuf in Saudi Arabia. Starting on 22 May, the service will operate from Doha (DOH), the world’s 66th largest airport, four times weekly using the oneworld airline’s 144-seat A320s. Direct competition comes in the form of Pegasus Airlines’ daily connection on the airport pair. However, across town, Turkish Airlines offers 12 weekly flights and Qatar Airways 10 weekly flights from Istanbul Atatürk. See how this airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world in anna.aero’s ‘Arch of Triumph’ competititon.