A warm welcome was had for Qatar Airways as it touched down for the first time in Hatay on 4 April, marking its fifth gateway to Turkey. The 1,907-kilometre sector from Doha faces no direct competition, and the oneworld carrier becomes the first MEB3 (Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways) carrier to serve the destination.
- Qatar Airways introduced the fifth Turkish destination to its route map on 4 April, with the oneworld member commencing a three times weekly service to Hatay (HTY) from Doha (DOH). The airline already flies to Istanbul Atatürk, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Ankara and Adana in Turkey, with the latter having just launched back in November. According to OAG schedules for this week, the oneworld carrier becomes only the fourth airline offering scheduled services at the Turkish airport, which handled around 1.28 million passengers in 2017. Facing no direct competition, the city pair is flown by Qatar Airways’ A320 fleet, with it becoming the first MEB3 carrier to serve the airport. Qatar Airways’ next route launch will take place on 1 May, the day when the airline begins a daily 787-8-operated service to Cardiff, with that becoming its fifth gateway to the UK. See how this route launch’s FTWA performed against other airports from around the world.