Qatar Airways Doha to London Gatwick
Qatar Airways returned to London Gatwick after a seven-year hiatus on 22 May, commencing a twice-daily 787-8-operated service from Doha, a route that will increase to 16 times weekly during peak summer. The London airport celebrated the return with this fantastic cake, which was cut at the launch celebration by Kieran Farragher, Interim Country Manager UK & Ireland, Qatar Airways, and Chris Woodroofe, COO, London Gatwick Airport.
- Qatar Airways made a high-profile return to London Gatwick (LGW) on 22 May, an airport it has not served since 2011. At the time it flew to the UK airport with a daily A330-200/300-operated service, however the oneworld member has returned with twice-daily 787-8 flights from Doha (DOH). The 5,211-kilometre sector will see a further capacity boost from 15 June, when an extra two weekly flights will be added, meaning that the route will be flown three times daily on Fridays and Saturdays. From 29 September the operation will return to a twice-daily rotation. “This new route strengthens Gatwick’s growing long-haul network,” commented Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport on the return of Qatar Airways. “We now have more than 60 long-haul routes, and we hope to grow it further still in the coming months.” Gatwick is the airline’s second destination in London, after Heathrow, and its sixth in the UK, with it also serving Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester. When Qatar Airways announced its Gatwick return back in March, anna.aero looked into the airline’s top destinations for UK passengers via its Doha hub, with Bangkok, Colombo and Perth likely to be the top destinations for Qatar Airways’ Gatwick passengers. It will not be long until Gatwick further strengthens its long-haul network, with Air China adding a three times weekly link from Chengdu as of 3 July based on the airline’s current network schedule programme. See how London Gatwick Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.