Qatar Airways launches European new route brace

Qatar Airways launched four times weekly flights to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31 October. Airline CEO Akbar Al Baker (second right) said: “Following the launch of services to three Eastern European capitals this summer, we are excited to be adding Sarajevo as our fourth destination in this region to our global route network.”

Qatar Airways flight QR438 touched down at Adana Airport at 11:25 on 6 November, where a welcome ceremony attended by airport and government officials, together with local dignitaries, took place. Qatar Airways CCO Ehab Amin (centre right) said: “With the launch of this new service, we look forward to strengthening our ties with Turkey even further, and are delighted to be able to connect even more Turkish citizens to more than 150 global destinations via our five-star hub in Doha.”

  • Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of scheduled services to Sarajevo (SJJ) on 31 October, followed on 6 November with the start of operations to Adana (ADA), Turkey’s fifth-largest city. The route to the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the airline’s fourth Eastern European destination launch from Doha (DOH) this year, following Skopje, Prague and Kiev. The service will operate four times weekly with a flight time of just six hours. Sarajevo Airport Director Armin Kajmaković said: “It is our pleasure that Qatar Airways, one of the most credible international carriers, which has a fleet of more than 200 of the most sophisticated aircraft that fly to more than 150 destinations all over the world, has recognised Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as a promising tourist and business destination. Thanks to this scheduled air service to Doha, as one of the biggest hubs in the world, from now on our passengers with only one transfer may reach almost any destination in the world. This air service is especially important for our many citizens working in Qatar.” The airline, which has recently acquired a stake in fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, has operated services to Turkey for 13 years. It began a route to Istanbul Atatürk in 2004, launched flights to Ankara in 2010, and services to its second airport in Istanbul at Sabiha Gökçen in May 2014. Qatar Airways will operate three times weekly to Adana, bringing the total number of flights operated by the airline to Turkey to 41 per week. Adana Airport Chief Manager Ahmet Bülbül said: “We are thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways flights to Adana, connecting passengers to destinations all over the world and enabling us to welcome the world to Adana. The State Airports Authority and Adana Airport Chief Management give Qatar Airways our full support and together we look forward to a successful future.” Both routes are flown by the airline’s A320 fleet and neither faces any direct competition. Qatar Airways will continue its rapid expansion of its global route network in 2018, adding 26 new destinations.

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