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Dubai’s new airport gets Qatar Airways on board


Akbar Al Baker, CEO of the Doha-based airline, says that the location of both airports will offer travellers alternative options to reach their final destination when flying to Dubai.


October 28, 2013 2:15 by

Qatar Airways has announced the addition of Sharjah and Dubai World Central (DWC) in its network of routes to the UAE, with 14 flights per week to each destination.

As of March 1, 2014, the Doha-based carrier will operate twice daily to Sharjah International Airport and twice daily to Al Maktoum International Airport, using Airbus A320s on both routes.

According to a statement from the airline, travellers from Europe, Africa and the Americas will have increased availability of flights to the UAE, while passengers from Asia, Australia and the Indian Subcontinent will have convenient connection times when transiting through Doha.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, says that the location of both airports will offer travellers alternative options to reach their final destination when flying to Dubai.  “The ever increasing demand for flights to the UAE has provided the business case for expanding our services to Sharjah and DWC,” he says.

Dubai officially launched passenger services at its new Al Maktoum International Airport on Sunday after a four-year delay, with three airlines – Hungary’s Wizz Air, Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways and Bahrain’s Gulf Air – agreeing to operate from the facility for now. It officially welcomed the first commercial flight yesterday by budget carrier Wizz Air, which brought passengers from Budapest to DWC.

The new airport is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has the capacity to contain up to seven million passengers per year, compared with the nearly 60 million that pass through Dubai International Airport.

In addition to DWC and Sharjah, Qatar Airways’ network will grow further over the next few months with Clark Manila International Airport, The Philippines (October 27), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014) and Miami, USA (10 June, 2014).


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