Qatar Airways launches new route to Sofia in Bulgaria

Cake of the Week:
Qatar Airways’ Doha to Budapest

Budapest Airport celebrated that Qatar Airways’ Doha flights now are operated both daily and non-stop. Cutting the cake symbolising Doha’s connection opportunities were Martin Sprongl, Qatar Airways’ Country Manager newly appointed to be responsible for Hungary; Kam Jandu, Budapest Airport’s Director Aviation; Rola Obeid, Qatar Airways’ current Country Manager Switzerland, Austria and Eastern Europe; and Jost Lammers, CEO Budapest Airport.

In Sofia, a packed press conference was held by Qatar Airways’ VP Europe Paul Johannes, CEO Akbar Al Baker and Country Manager Greg Epps. Al Baker told the press: “Our rapid footprint in this part of Europe this year has given travellers to and from Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania much improved travel options to a wider market, avoiding the need to travel through congested European airports to get to their final destination.”

  • Qatar Airways added another destination in Eastern Europe through a rerouting of an existing service. The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia (SOF), is now served as a one-stop service from the airline’s Doha (DOH) hub, operating four times weekly – on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – via the Romanian capital airport Bucharest Otopeni (OTP). This service was previously routed to continue to Budapest (BUD); however, traffic to the Hungarian capital has proven so strong that this route on the same day became upgraded to a daily, non-stop service. Both routes are operated with 144-seat A320s. Qatar Airways is notably the first Gulf carrier to serve Sofia, which only offers routes to two other Middle Eastern destinations; Tel Aviv and Beirut.

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