Qatar Air expands holiday division
Doha-based carrier continues aggressive expansion plans.
July 23, 2013 1:43 by kippreport
Qatar Airways has had a busy year of expansion, and it doesn’t appear that the Doha-based carrier has any plans to slow down over the coming months.
Most recently, as part of its leisure division, Qatar Airways Holidays, the airline has announced a GCC-wide expansion with the opening of six dedicated ‘holiday shops’ across the Gulf.
Two of the new shops, recently opened in Dubai and Kuwait, will provide customers, who book their holidays through the airline, with a one-stop, in-person service.
From this month, additional ‘Holiday Shops’ will open in Bahrain and Muscat with Dammam and Riyadh to follow.
Akbar Al Baker, the airline’s outspoken CEO, said that a dedicated service for the airline’s holidaymakers in the Gulf would ensure that their customers receive the best care, information and advice.
Earlier this month, the national airline of Qatar decided to upgrade its capacity on its Istanbul-Doha route with an Airbus A330. The introduction of the new wide-body aircraft translates into an increased capacity of 166 seats per day, a nearly 50 per cent hike.
So far this year, the airline has launched six new destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).
Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations including Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18) and Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27).
In roughly 16 years of operation, the airline has managed to expand aggressively (as Al Baker commonly states) and is currently flying a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 128 key destinations around the globe.