Qatar Airways returns to Malaga airport on 2 July with direct flights to the Costa del Sol from the Qatari capital, Doha. The company has announced that "it plans to return to pre-pandemic levels with three destinations in Spain, adding Malaga to the Madrid and Barcelona routes".
The airline points to the coast as a key holiday destination and says, “Malaga is a firm favourite with tourists from around the world and fully-vaccinated travelers will soon be able to visit it again while enjoying Qatar Airways' award-winning hospitality and service.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group, Akbar Al Baker, announced that “as the world begins to open up again, we are ready to take the lead in supporting the global economic and social recovery, as evidenced by our support for tourism”.
He also said that “Spain has always been a strategically important country for our airline, as reflected in the close association with Iberia and the constant expansion of our network in Spain”.
The company will operate two flights a week from Doha to Malaga on Fridays and Sundays and will maintain the direct service until 12 September. The airline will be using an Airbus A350-900 with capacity for 36 people in business class and 247 seats in economy class. With this route, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 19 weekly flights to and from Spain, with daily flights to Barcelona and ten weekly flights to Madrid.
The airline began flying to Malaga airport in summer 2018 and the success of the route led to it increasing the capacity by 85 per cent in 2019 with five flights a week.
Given the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the company reminds passengers who book with Qatar Airways can do so with complete confidence and that they can make changes to their flight reservation in the event that factors beyond their control interrupt their travel plans.