Malaga welcomed Qatar Airways to its route network on 13 June. Cutting the ceremonial cake to celebrate the inaugural arrival from Doha were Salvador Merino, Málaga Airport Director; Marimar Laveda, Country Manager Spain, Qatar Airways and Begoña Felices, Head of Commercial Division at Málaga Airport. The new 5,415-kilometre route will operate four times weekly on the airline’s 787-8s.
- Qatar Airways launched three new routes from Doha (DOH) in the space of two days in the last week, introducing flights to Bodrum (BJV) on 12 June followed by Antalya (AYT) and Malaga (AGP) on 13 June. None of the three routes will face direct competition. The two Turkish links will operate twice-weekly on the carrier’s A320 fleet. The 2,354-kilometre Antalya link will be flown on Wednesdays and Sundays, while the 2,625-kilometre Bodrum route will be operated on Tuesdays and Fridays. The longer 5,415-kilometre Malaga sector will be served four times weekly by 787-8s, although OAG schedules show it will only be flown three times during the first week of operation. Speaking about the airline’s new route to Antalya, Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways Group, said: “We are delighted to launch direct services to Antalya, our seventh gateway into Turkey, only one day after we commenced direct services to the Turkish resort city of Bodrum. These new routes reinforce and deepen the already strong ties that exist between the State of Qatar and Turkey. Antalya is a major destination during the summer leisure season, due to its prime location on the country’s beautiful Mediterranean coast. We are delighted to now be able to introduce holidaymakers to beautiful Antalya and all it has to offer.” See how the FTWAs from Bodrum, Antalya and Malaga compare to others from around the world.