Qatar Airways Announces 7 New Routes, 11 Route Resumptions, & 35 Frequency Increases

by | Mar 8, 2023

Qatar Airways announced new destinations, resumptions, and frequency increases during a press conference at ITB Berlin 2023 yesterday. The airline has revealed seven new destinations planned for launch in 2023, Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon. Alongside the headline news, Qatar Airways is resuming flights to 11 popular destinations in 2023 while increasing frequencies on 35 routes.

This is the latest as Qatar Airways recovers from the pandemic and rebuilds its network, as the fast-growing Oneworld alliance member expands its fleet, network, partnerships, and international presence.

Qatar Airways’ New Destinations for 2023

Qatar Airways will launch seven new destinations in 2023. Unfortunately, none of the destinations are in the United States but they do include interesting new routes to secondary cities in France.

1. Chittagong

Qatar Airways plans to launch service to Chittagong, the second-largest city in Bangladesh, in 2023. Qatar Airways will operate three weekly flights to Chittagong.

2. Juba

Juba, the capital and largest city of South Sudan, will start to see Qatar Airways service in 2023. The city is known for its wildlife, national parks, and Nile river cruises. The airline will operate four weekly flights to Juba.

3. Kinshasa

Qatar Airways will take off towards Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2023. The airline will operate four weekly flights to Kinshasa.

4. Lyon

Lyon, the third-largest city in France, will be a new dot on Qatar Airways’ route map in 2023. The city is known for its history and gastronomy. It has a beautifully-preserved old town that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qatar Airways will operate daily flights to Lyon.

5. Medan

Medan, the fourth-largest city in Indonesia, will be the airline’s third destination in the country. The city is known for its proximity to Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world. The airline will operate four weekly flights to Medan.

6. Toulouse

Toulouse, the fourth-largest city in France, is another destination for Qatar Airways in France. The new destination comes as Qatar Airways and Airbus recently resolved their differences but that’s not the only reason to visit Toulouse which is also known for its architecture as the “Pink City” and history. Qatar Airways will operate daily flights to Toulouse. We’re willing to bet Qatar Airways won’t be using Boeing aircraft on these flights to the home of Airbus πŸ˜‰

7. Trabzon

Trabzon, a popular gateway to vacation destinations on the Black Sea coast, will be the latest Qatar Airways destination in Turkey. The city is known for its natural beauty, including the Sumela Monastery and local cuisine. Qatar Airways will operate three weekly flights to Trabzon.

Qatar Airways has launched new flights to 7 destinations including 2 in France

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to 11 Popular Destinations, Including Beijing and Nice

Qatar Airways is set to resume flights to eleven destinations worldwide, a move that will increase travel options for passengers and boost the airline’s global network. Here are the details of each destination:

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Beijing

After a suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways will resume flights to Beijing, China’s capital in 2023.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Birmingham, UK

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Birmingham (BHX), UK. The airline’s direct flights will connect Birmingham to Qatar Airways’ extensive global network, making it an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Buenos Aires

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Buenos Aires (EZE), Argentina’s vibrant capital city, offering passengers a gateway to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage, natural wonders, and dynamic economy.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Casablanca

Qatar Airways is set to resume flights to Casablanca (CMN), the economic and cultural center of Morocco. Casablanca is the primary hub of Qatar’s Oneworld partner airline, Royal Air Maroc. This flight should allow connections across RAM’s domestic network while allowing passengers originating in Casablanca to access Qatar’s global network.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Davao

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Davao (DVO), a city in the southern Philippines known for its stunning natural scenery, rich culture, and friendly locals. The airline’s direct flights will provide travelers with easy access to the island of Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Marrakesh

Qatar Airways is set to resume flights to Marrakesh (RAK), a city in Morocco renowned for its stunning architecture, vibrant souks, and rich cultural heritage. The flight should become a popular one for visitors to Morocco’s most popular tourist destination given the relatively limited connections to Marrakech unless coming from Europe.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Nice

This one’s exciting: Qatar Airways will resume flights to Nice (NCE), the gateway to the French Riviera and CΓ΄te d’Azur. This flight will likely be extremely popular with premium passengers flying in Q-Suites en route to destinations like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Osaka

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Osaka (KIX), Japan’s second-largest city, known for its rich culture, delicious food, and stunning natural scenery. The airline’s direct flights will connect Osaka and the Kansai region to Qatar Airways’ extensive global network.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Phnom Penh

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Phnom Penh (PNH), the capital city of Cambodia, known for its rich history, stunning temples, and vibrant culture. The airline’s direct flights will provide travelers with easy access to this fascinating destination in Southeast Asia.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Ras Al-Khaimah

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Ras Al-Khaimah (RKT), a city in the United Arab Emirates known for its stunning natural scenery, luxury resorts, and cultural heritage. The airline’s direct flights will provide travelers with easy access to this popular tourist destination in the UAE.

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Tokyo Haneda

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Tokyo Haneda (HND), the more convenient of the two major airports in Tokyo and the world’s most punctual airport in 2023. The airline’s direct flights will connect Tokyo Haneda to Qatar Airways’ extensive global network, making it an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers. It will also allow for easy connections with Japan Airlines flights at its hub there.

The route resumption to Nice, France (NCE) will make the beaches of Saint Tropez accessible to Qatar Airways' network once again
One of Qatar Airways’ route resumptions, Nice (NCE), is the gateway to Saint-Tropez

Qatar Airways 2023 Frequency Increases

Multiple destinations will see frequency increases scheduled for the year 2023.

  • Abuja (ABV) – Port Harcourt (PHC) – increased from 2 weekly flights to 3
  • Abuja (ABV) – Kano (KAN) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 4
  • Athens (ATH) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 14
  • Belgrade (BEG) – increased from 5 weekly flights to 7
  • Berlin (TXL) – increased from 11 weekly flights to 14
  • Bucharest (OTP) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 14
  • Cairo (CAI) – increased from 21 weekly flights to 28
  • Copenhagen (CPH) – increased from 4 weekly flights to 7, and 10 from winter season 2023/24 – Finnair also operates 7 weekly flights, totaling 17 weekly in Copenhagen
  • Denpasar (DPS) – increased from 14 weekly flights to 21
  • Dublin (DUB) – increased from 12 weekly flights to 14
  • DΓΌsseldorf (DUS) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 11 for winter season 2023/24
  • Edinburgh (EDI) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 14
  • Hanoi (HAN) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 12
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – increased from 11 weekly flights to 14
  • Khartoum (KRT) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 14
  • Larnaca (LCA) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 14
  • London Gatwick (LGW) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 10 (14 weekly flights for peak summer season)
  • London Heathrow (LHR) – increased from 42 weekly flights to 45
  • Madrid (MAD) – increased from 16 weekly flights to 18
  • Manila (MNL) – increased from 17 weekly flights to 18
  • Milan (MXP) – increased from 16 weekly flights to 21
  • Mogadishu (MGQ) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 4
  • Nagpur (NAG) – increased from 4 weekly flights to 7
  • Oslo (OSL) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 12 for winter season 2023/24
  • Phuket (HKT) – increased from 14 weekly flights to 21 for winter season 2023/24
  • Saigon (SGN) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 12
  • Sarajevo (SJJ) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 4 for summer season 2023
  • Sofia (SOF) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 4 weekly flights in summer and 5 weekly flights in winter season 2023/24
  • Stockholm (ARN) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 5 for winter season 2023/24 – Finnair also operates 7 weekly flights, totaling 12 weekly in Stockholm
  • Taif (TIF) – increased from 3 weekly flights to 7
  • Vienna (VIE) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 14
  • Warsaw (WAW) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 14 from winter season 2023/24
  • Yerevan (EVN) – increased from 7 weekly flights to 10
  • Zagreb (ZAG) – increased from 4 weekly flights to 7
  • Zurich (ZRH) – increased from 10 weekly flights to 14

These frequency increases will allow for more convenient travel options for passengers and provide better connectivity across more than 150 Qatar Airways destinations connected to its Doha hub.

Vienna is one of 35 destinations getting an increase in frequency from Qatar Airways
Vienna, Austria (VIE) is one of the destinations seeing a frequency increase from Qatar Airways

Bottom line

Qatar Airways has revealed its plans for expansion with seven new destinations, 11 route resumptions, and 35 frequency increases. The airline currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport. The new destinations include Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon, while route resumptions include Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao, Marrakesh, Nice, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras Al-Khaimah, and Tokyo Haneda. The frequency increases will provide more convenient travel options for passengers and better connectivity for businesses, demonstrating Qatar Airways’ commitment to enriching the global community it serves.

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