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Qatar Airways to expand its India operations

india Updated: Aug 31, 2010 09:33 IST

Qatar Airways will be expanding its operations from India to the Gulf nation with a 20 per cent increase in the frequnecy of its flights from Delhi, Cochin and Amritsar this September, the airlines has said.

Beginning September 1, the airline will increase the freqency of its flight to Amritsar from four-a-week to daily.

"The expansion comes less than a year since Qatar Airways launched flights to Amritsar," Qatar Airways said in a statement.

Also Cochin, which currently is begin served by a daily flight, the airline will be launching additional four flights a week - two starting from September 1 while the other two from November 5.

With the launch of new additional flights, each of the 11 Indian destinations would be served daily non-stop, except Delhi and Cochin, which would have a double daily service and 11 flights-a-week, respectively.

Apart from it, with beginning of winter schedule from OCtober 31, Qatar would be adding one more flight on the highly popular Doha-Delhi sector, taking its services up to 14 a week.

With the start of 14 additional flights, over a period of two months in a phased manner, Qatar Airways' capacity to India would increase from 74 to 88 services each week.

The Doha-based airline currently flies to 11 cities across India like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad, Goa, Delhi, Amritsar, and Cochin.

India is by far Qatar Airways' single biggest market by the number of destinations served - and the country alone makes up over 10 per cent of the airline's international network.

Each of the Indian flights offers convenient connections via Qatar Airways' Doha hub to and from the airline's network of flights across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America.

"We are pleased to announce additional frequencies to Delhi, Cochin, and Amritsar from September, which further cements our commitment to the Indian market," Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.

Since last year and taking into account the new upcoming frequencies, we will have stepped up capacity to India from 56 to 88 services a week, which represents a remarkable 57 per cent increase in frequency to and from India, he said.

India is a very important market for us, as we are able to offer a large selection of destinations and very convenient connection times to numerous global cities that Qatar Airways serves from Doha, added Al Baker.