AIRSPACE DENIAL NOTWITHSTANDING IS QATAR AIRWAYS LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
(Posted 09th August 2017)
Despite ongoing airspace denial by neighbouring countries, a fact very sadly applauded by their own jealous airlines, has Qatar Airways not stood still but even moved up the launch of new destinations.
Yesterday were flights to Sarajevo announced, effective 31st of October while an inaugural flight from Doha took off to a third destination in Oman – a country not bullied by neighbours into participating in illegal sanctions – as the city of Sohar came on line. Qatar Airways Group CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker said when making the announcement: ‘We are delighted to add Sohar to our global route network. We launched services to the Sultanate of Oman nearly 17 years ago, and ever since, we have added additional frequencies on a yearly basis to accommodate demand for increased capacity to this charming country, known for its traditional culture and the warmth of the Omani people. Now passengers from Sohar will have the opportunity to experience our award-winning service, connecting them to a wide variety of popular summer holiday destinations‘.
Sohar is a city known both for its traditional Omani culture and beautiful beaches. As the Sultanate of Oman’s largest city in the governorate of Northern Al Batinah and the country’s main shipping hub, this vibrant coastal city offers a range of tourist attractions and activities, in particular water sports such as diving, snorkelling and kite boarding. Shoppers will not want to miss the city’s souq, which offers traditional Omani handicrafts as well as leather goods, ceramics, perfumes, herbs and honey.
The airline will operate three weekly flights between Doha and Sohar, bringing the total capacity across Oman to 59 weekly flights. Qatar Airways first began service to the Sultanate of Oman by launching flights to the capital, Muscat in 2000. In 2013, Salalah was added to the airline’s growing network as the second destination in the Sultanate of Oman. The award-winning airline currently operates five daily flights between Doha and Muscat, and three daily return flights on the Doha-Salalah route.
Meanwhile is the historic city of Sarajevo is set to join Qatar Airways’ expanding global network as the award-winning airline announces the famous Balkan city will now launch in October as part of Qatar Airways’ expedited expansion plans.
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is now becoming the latest must-see destination for leisure travellers, combining its rich history with a modern atmosphere to offer a unique cultural mix. Visitors can experience stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains from one of Sarajevo’s many viewing platforms, and visit Baščaršija, an Ottoman bazaar in the heart of the city boasting many remarkable historical and cultural sights.
Yesterday’s announcement of the new four times-weekly service, set to begin on 31st of October, is part of the airline’s expedited expansion into Eastern Europe, with the recent launch of four times-weekly service to Skopje as well as daily flights to Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine set to begin later this month.
In Eastern Africa does Qatar Airways serve Entebbe and Kigali once a day but also flies to Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar with Mombasa due to join the East Africa network in 2018.