Qatar Airways serves 49 European destinations; Hamburg starts soon; Lisbon and Venice are back

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Qatar Airways will have passenger flights to 49 European airports in Q3 2024 (July-September). This is helped by the start of Hamburg and the return of Lisbon and Venice. The trio builds on the launch of Lyon and Toulouse in July 2023, with Toulouse not served by Emirates or flydubai.

While Qatar Airways serves more European airports than Emirates (39), partly because of that airline’s widebody-only fleet, it falls far short when narrowbody-operating flydubai is included (72).

Analysing Cirium data shows that Qatar Airways’ European network breadth in Q3 is the second-best on record. Only 2019 had more airports (54). Compared to 2019, these airports are no longer served: Cardiff, Izmir, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kyiv KBP (due to the war), Malta, Moscow DME (replaced by SVO), Pisa and St Petersburg.

Qatar Airways to Europe Q3 2004-2024

Hamburg is coming; Lisbon and Venice have returned

On 1 July, Qatar Airways will inaugurate the first flight between Doha and Hamburg, with a daily year-round Boeing 787-8 operation. Following the launch of Berlin in November 2020 and Düsseldorf in November 2022, the airline will fly to five German airports. These developments have helped Germany to become Qatar Airways’ second most-served European country. In Q3 2019, it was third.

Top 10 European countries Q3 2024

Five years after originally starting, the oneworld airline returned to Lisbon on 6 June. It has a 6-weekly 787-8 summer service, reduced to 4-weekly in the winter. The 5,820-kilometre route only began in July 2019 and existed until August 2020. The main difference between then and now is that it will no longer have a daily winter operation.

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On 12 June, Qatar Airways relaunched Venice flights, one of three airports served in Italy. (Emirates flies to four, rising to nine when flydubai is added.) It was originally served between June 2011 and July 2020. It operates daily year-round on the 787-8.

Qatar European network

London LHR continues to be first

Qatar Airways’ largest most-served European airports by available seats in Q3 are shown below. The primary difference compared to the same months in 2019 is that Copenhagen, London LGW and Madrid are no longer there, although they remain served. They have been replaced by Amsterdam, Athens and Istanbul IST.

With nearly half a million departing seats and 49-weekly one-way flights, Doha-London LHR remains number one. Along with Paris CDG, it is Qatar Airways’ only European airport to see the A380. When the airline’s close partner, British Airways, is included, LHR departures rise to 63-weekly. BA flew LGW-Doha until March 2024, but it consolidated at LHR and doubled the frequency.

Top 10 European airports Q3 2024

Narrowbodies are flown to 18 airports

Single-aisle aircraft are important in Qatar Airways’ European network, with 18 out of 49 destinations seeing them in Q3. Only the A320 is flown there, but this will change when A321neos arrive. They are used as far as Prague, 4,220 kilometres away.

Athens, Budapest, Istanbul IST, Prague and Warsaw flights are on both widebodies and narrowbodies, whether regularly or infrequently between July and September. In contrast, Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Belgrade, Bodrum, Bucharest, Istanbul SAW, Larnaca, Mykonos, Sarajevo, Sofia, Trabzon and Zagreb are exclusively on the A320.

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