Posted on January 24, 2015
Qatar Airways has announced plans to continue its rapid growth in Europe with an increase in capacity on its flights to Italy, as well as the introduction of double-daily flights to Madrid, Arabian Business said.
The increase in both capacity and service will roll out over the next five months to help meet the expanding passenger needs for both destinations, the airline said in a statement. With the introduction of widebody aircraft commencing March 29 to Rome and Milan, and June 16 to Venice, the capacity to the airline’s three Italian destinations will increase by 30 percent, it added. The increase in capacity to Italy will be provided by introducing the Airbus A330 on the Milan and Venice routes, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Rome route.
Qatar Airways currently offers 35 flights a week to Italy, including double-daily services to Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa, as well as daily flights to Venice Marco Polo. In addition, commencing on July 16, Qatar Airways will begin operating a double-daily, direct scheduled service to Madrid-Barajas Airport from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, adding four extra weekly flights. The additional weekly flights announced to Madrid represent a 40 percent increase in capacity to Spain’s largest city.

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Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to be able to offer more opportunities to connect with both Italy and Spain, two of our most popular destinations, for both our leisure travellers looking to explore the world of history, art and architecture, as well as those travelling for business.” This announcement to increase flights to a double-daily service to the Spanish capital comes just two months after the launch of the 10-weekly service on the Madrid – Doha route and just weeks after announcing the double-daily scheduled service between Barcelona and Doha, which is set to start on February 16.