Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing commercial carriers, has announced plans for route expansions on three continents. The plans will see the airline expand to offering flights to Africa, Asia and North America.
The new plans will see Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, become Qatar Airways’ 20th destination on the African continent starting from September, and Clark International Airport in the Philippines become its latest Asian destination from October. Philadelphia is also set to become the airline’s fifth US gateway starting in March next year.
The airline will also increase its capacity in Pakistan, stepping up frequency to Pakistan by 60 per cent to 28 flights per week. Starting from the 1st June flights to Karachi will increase to twice a day and flights to Lahore will increase from four a week to seven.
“Yet again Qatar Airways is bucking the trend across the industry demonstrating that we are resilient in times of global economic austerity because while others are cutting back, we see the opportunities to expand our global footprint,” said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways.
“Our three new routes we are announcing today show we have faith in expanding our operations across different continents. This year for example has certainly been the year of growth in the Middle East with five of our eight scheduled route launches in the region alone.”
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, growing rapidly in just 16 years. At current the airline flies to 126 key business and leisure destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.