Qatar Airways increases Hamad International Airport non-stop network by 17 destinations; still just behind Emirates

Boston in the US, Perth in Australia and Edinburgh in Scotland have all received new MEB3 connections during the last 12 months. Emirates still (just) leads Qatar Airways (by 121 to 119) in terms of destinations served non-stop from their hubs, with Etihad Airways some way behind on 81. While Etihad Airways has already revealed its next nine destinations, Qatar Airways currently has not revealed plans for any additional routes, despite adding 17 in the last 12 months.

It has again been just over a year since last looked in detail at the route networks of the “Middle East Big 3” (MEB3) airlines of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. Since then, each of the carriers has launched non-stop services to a number of destinations.

Emirates (Dubai) Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) Qatar Airways (Doha)
Abuja (ABV) Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) Addis Ababa (ADD)
Boston (BOS) Jaipur (JAI) Chengdu (CTU)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Los Angeles (LAX) Clark (CRK)
Conakry (CKY) Medinah (MED) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Kabul (KBL) Perth (PER) Denpasar (DPS)*
Sialkot (SKT) Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Dubai Al-Maktoum (DWC)
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Sana’a (SAH) Edinburgh (EDI)
Taipei (TPE) Yerevan (EVN) Hangzhou (HGH)
  Zurich (ZRH) Hofuf (HOF)
    Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)
    Larnaca (LCA)
    Miami (MIA)
    Philadelphia (PHL)
    Sharjah (SHJ)
    Sulaymaniah (ISU)
    Taif (TIF)
    Tokyo Haneda (HND)
Source:’s New Route Database, Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 12 August 2013 and w/c 11 August 2014.
* Upgraded from one-stop service to non-stop. Bold destinations are airports served for the first time by any of the MEB3 carriers.
  • Of these new routes, 20 are to destinations not previously served by any MEB3 carrier; 12 started by Qatar Airways, six started by Emirates and just two started by Etihad Airways (Jaipur and Yerevan).
  • Emirates has added a total of eight new non-stop destinations, and dropped none, leaving it with 121 destinations served non-stop from Dubai.
  • Qatar Airways has added a total of 17 new non-stop destinations, and dropped two (Peshawar and Tripoli), leaving it with 119 destinations served non-stop. One of its new non-stop routes (Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia) was previously served via an intermediate stop.
  • Etihad Airways has added a total of nine new non-stop destinations, and dropped two (Mahe Island in the Seychelles and Tripoli), leaving it with 81 destinations served non-stop.
  • Since last July’s analysis, Emirates has increased its non-stop flights from its home base by just 4.5%, Qatar Airways by 9.2%, and Etihad Airways by 24.0%.

Several more new routes planned for remainder of 2014 and 2015

Routes so far announced by the MEB3 carriers which have not yet launched are:

  • Emirates (3 routes) to Oslo Gardermoen (2 September), Brussels (5 September), Budapest (27 October).
  • Etihad Airways (9 routes) to Phuket (26 October), San Francisco (18 November), Dallas/Fort Worth (3 December), Kolkata (15 February 2015), Madrid (29 March 2015), Entebbe (1 May 2015), Edinburgh (8 June 2015), Hong Kong (15 June 2015), Algiers (17 June 2015).
  • Qatar Airways (0 routes!).

It is surely only a matter of time before Qatar Airways reveals the location of its next new routes, but for the moment it is Etihad Airways which is leading the way with plans for nine new routes between now and next June.


  1. Sean says:

    CRK is not a new destination for these carriers. EK operated between October 2013 and May 2014.

  2. pramod says:

    Why Qatar airways not fly to Trichy international airport in Tamil nadu India
    Here lot of central Tamilians want to non stop travel to Trichy
    Now we have only connection flights to Chennai or Trivandrum
    Trichy is the central of Tamil nadu so we all wish to fly Qatar airways through Trichy airport from Doha
    Hope our dreams come true
    Thanks Qatar airways.

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