March 7, 2023

Qatar Airways is expanding to France while adding more flights to Germany and Asia

Qatar Airways is boosting flights to Europe starting this summer, particularly to and from France with the addition of Lyon and Toulouse.

Qatar Airways traditional press conference at ITB Berlin was an opportunity for the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker to highlight the carrier’s expansion plans: 7 new destinations, 11 resumptions and increased frequencies in 35 markets.

Trabzon in Turkey, Lyon and Toulouse in France, Kinshasa in Congo RD, Juba in South Sudan, Medan in Indonesia and Chittagong in Bangladesh. These are the new destinations that Qatar Airways will be launching this year, explained Qatar Airways’ CEO during a press conference at ITB Berlin. “We continue to expand and have already surpassed our capacities of 2019 while capacities around the world are still 30% below 2019 for all IATA airlines,” stated Akbar Al Baker.

The open-sky agreement between the European Union and Qatar explains the huge capacity development to France, including a resumption of flights to Nice- as well as higher frequencies across the EU. Berlin, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Milan or Vienna will also enjoy increased frequencies.

Asia will also see many flights resumed during the year. Beijing and Davao are back in Qatar Airways’ timetable from March and April, followed by Tokyo Haneda, Phnom Penh, Ras-Al-Kaimah during 2023 and Osaka Kansai in early 2024.

“We are proud of being a reliable air carrier. During Covid, we never stopped flying, carrying passengers – including some of other airlines when necessary- and never walked away when there was a need for a refund. Our expansion proves our commitment to passengers,” stressed Qatar Airways CEO. In total, the airline will offer 174 destinations around the world this summer – A significant achievement.

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