Qatar Airways Ends 2011 Expansion on High Note in China

Qatar Airways has rounded off its 2011 route expansion celebrating new flights to Chongqing. The launch of thrice-weekly services to the airline’s fifth Chinese gateway – together with three new flights to Beijing and four extra frequencies to Hong Kong – have significantly increased the Doha-based carrier’s operations in China, taking the its overall frequency across the country up from 25 to 35 flights each week. Qatar Airways also operates daily non-stop scheduled passenger flights to both Shanghai and Guangzhou with dedicated freighter services to Hong Kong six-times-a-week.

Speaking at a press conference in Chongqing, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said China’s economic growth was clearly a catalyst for the carrier to do more business in the country, already a strong economic partner with the State of Qatar. “We have been closely looking at the opportunities that exist in this vast market where many cities are largely underserved by international airlines,” he said, “With the launch of this flight, we have become the only international airline flying westwards from Chongqing, giving easy one-stop access via our Doha hub to destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and South America.”

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