Qatar Airways launched flights between Doha and Isfahan in Iran on 4 February, a route which the carrier will initially operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). To celebrate the new route, the Iranian airport baked a cake to greet its newest airline. Among those cutting the cake was Hassan Amjadi, Director General, Isfahan Airport (right).
- Qatar Airways launched its first new route of 2019 on 4 February, the day on which it began a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between Doha (DOH) and Isfahan (IFN) in Iran. The MEB3 operator will operate the 832-kilometre route using its fleet of A320s. “With its incredible, age-old architecture and bustling traditional bazaars, we are thrilled to announce Isfahan as Qatar Airways’ fourth gateway into Iran,” commented Akbar Al Baker, GCEO of Qatar Airways. “Isfahan is a city that is not only steeped in history, but one that has also emerged in recent years to combine its rich cultural heritage with modernity, making it one of Iran’s most fascinating, colourful and lively places for international visitors.” No direct competition will be provided on the airport pair, however flydubai, which operates a code-share agreement with Emirates, operates a three times weekly link to the fellow Middle Eastern hub of Dubai. Along with Isfahan, Qatar Airways also serves Mashhad, Shiraz and Tehran in Iran, with the airline in January having increased its weekly frequencies to the latter two destinations from Doha. Currently, the airline only has one more new route confirmed for launch in 2019, with it expected to begin a daily, A320-operated service to Malta on 4 June.