Thursday, December 1, 2011

Qatar Airways launches new route to Chongqing in China

Qatar Airways launched a new route to its fourth destination in Mainland China on 28 November. The airline now flies from its Doha (DOH) hub to Chongqing (CKG) in Southwest China – known as the world’s most populous municipality at 29 million inhabitants. The flights, which complement the airline’s services to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, are operated three times weekly with A330-200 aircraft. This is the first intercontinental route to Chongqing, which also will gain a connection with Europe in May next year when Finnair launches operations to the city. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: “Qatar Airways has been closely monitoring the dynamic Chinese market and looking at viable opportunities. Qatar Airways is demonstrating confidence of doing business with partners in China and the opening of Chongqing, particularly being an up-and-coming city, shows our commitment to a vibrant economy.”