The Qatar Airways flight that will unite Malaga with the capital of Qatar, Doha, will begin to operate from 4 June of this year. It will run four times per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, according to travel agencies who have already processed bookings from several passengers. At the ITB travel fair in Berlin, the Qatari airline announced its plans to include the expansion of its services to 16 new destinations during the 2018-2019 holiday season.
Travel agencies have announced that they are already receiving booking from customers keen to visit the Gulf state. This new transport link is due to make a huge difference for travel between the Costa del Sol and Qatar, as there is currently no direct route between the two.
The President of the Association of Andalusian Travel Agencies (Aedav), Sergio García, confirmed that the first flight was almost fully booked, including its most exclusive class. “Friends of mine who live in Qatar have told me that this new connection is very much welcomed there and that this summer the Costa is set to have a huge tourism boost thanks to visiting Arabs. These types of connections are always good news,” García said.
The flight will leave Malaga at 9.15 and will arrive at Doha at 17.15. The return flight will leave the Qatari capital at 1.20 and arrive back at 8.00. To start with it will operate until 30 September.
In Berlin, the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, also unveiled a direct flight between Luxembourg and Doha, stating “Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf airline to offer this connection.” Other new routes include London Gatwick; Cardiff; Lisbon; Tallin, Estonia; Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay,Turkey; as well as Mykonos and Tesalónica, Greece. The company has also increased flights to Madrid, Barcelona and the Maldives to three times daily.
Al Baker expressed his excitement “about announcing a greater expansion with a significant number of new destinations that will be added globally in the coming year. It’s a reflection of our commitment to connect passengers from all over the world whilst offering a convenient service for them. We’re committed to continuing with our ambitious growth strategy in order to offer passengers the best possible options and transport people to wherever in the world that they want to go.”
Qatar Airways operates a fleet of over 200 aeroplanes through its hub, the International Hamad Airport (HIA). The President of Tourism for the Costa del Sol, Elías Bendodo, has highlighted the importance of this connection for the province.