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New Route of the Day (1 July 2024): Qatar Airways between Doha and Hamburg

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Qatar Airways introduced operations between its hub in Doha and Hamburg on Monday 1 July. The 4,660-kilometre service will run daily with the 247-seat 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The carrier will be the only operator on the route.

What they said

Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, said: “Qatar Airways extends a warm welcome to the beautiful city of Hamburg as the latest destination to join its expansive route network, and its fifth gateway in Germany, a key market for the airline. As Qatar and Germany’s bilateral relations continue to strengthen, we are pleased to begin this route which will further reinforce important economic and trade ties between the two countries. With our centrally-located hub in Doha, we are well positioned to be able to facilitate exports from East to West and vice versa, and we look forward to seeing the growth of this route over the coming years from the World’s Best Airport and with the World’s Best Airline.”

Christian Kunsch, CEO of Hamburg Airport, added, “We warmly welcome Qatar Airways to Hamburg Airport. As the commercial airport of northern Germany’s largest city, it is our aim to be well connected internationally. The new connection from Hamburg to Doha, one of the most important and fastest-growing hubs, greatly increases connectivity between Hamburg and the world. Our passengers can now look forward to even more flexibility in their travel planning, while Hamburg continues to gain in importance as a business location and travel destination.”

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Qatar Airways becomes largest MEB3 airline in Europe

Qatar Airways now has the most weekly flights to Europe among the Middle East Big 3 (MEB3) carriers, which includes Emirates and Etihad Airways. However, Emirates, which currently operates a fleet of A380 and 777 aircraft, has more weekly capacity to Europe than its Qatari rival.

The Oneworld member airline boasts 1,176 two-way weekly flights between Doha and Europe with a total of 317,910 seats. On the other hand, Emirates operates 1,084-weekly flights between Dubai and Europe, accompanied by 467,962 seats.

Hamburg becomes the 49th European destination served by Qatar Airways, and its fifth destination in Germany. The airline also maintains flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich. Qatar Airways registered a 62% increase in outbound passengers from Germany in 2023 compared with the previous year. Furthermore, the new Hamburg service is expected to offer up to 11% growth in the German city’s cargo sector compared to last year.

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