Qatar Airways Doha to St. Petersburg
Taking part in the press conference in St. Petersburg, held for Qatar Airways’ first service from Doha, were: Nazir Abduvakhidov, Senior Manager Eastern Europe, Qatar Airways; Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Qatar Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia; H.E Akbar Al Baker, GCEO Qatar Airways; and Vladimir Yakushev, CEO of St. Petersburg Airport. Along with the press conference, Al Baker was welcomed to the city by Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg. The oneworld member will operate a daily service on its latest sector using its A320s.
- Qatar Airways commenced its first flight from Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) on 19 December, becoming the airline’s second gateway in Russia after Moscow Domodedovo. Inaugural flight QR279 was operated by one of the oneworld carrier’s 787-8s, but the route will be flown on a regular basis by its 132-seat A320 fleet. The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “I am delighted to touch down today on board our first commercial flight to St. Petersburg. Following the great success of our Moscow route, we are extremely happy to extend our reach into Russia. By launching this new route, we are committing to further supporting the Russian market, and providing inbound and outbound passengers a seamless journey through the skies.” Pulkovo Airport CEO Vladimir Yakushev, said: “The launch of Qatar Airways’ service from Doha to St. Petersburg Airport represents new extraordinary possibilities for the city’s business and leisure travel market. With the exquisite product offered by the airline, St. Petersburg will receive a boost of both inbound and outbound tourism once connected to Qatar Airways’ worldwide route network via one of the most vibrant global air hubs in Doha.” The launch of this daily direct service to Russia’s cultural capital will increase the airline’s number of weekly flights into the country to 28. Already operating to Moscow since 2003, Qatar Airways recently increased its service to the city from twice-daily to three times daily.