Qatar Airways eyes 50 new Destinations
(Dubai) – Qatar Airways further strengthened its network in the Middle East with the launch of its services to Sharjah International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, or DWC. The Doha-based airline, which has one of the youngest aircraft fleets, will operate daily to the new routes apart from its existing services to Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE. It will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft to start three daily flights to Sharjah and two flights per day to DWC.
The inaugural flight touched down at Sharjah International Airport and was greeted by the traditional water salute by the airport’s fire brigade. Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qasimi, chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation Sharjah; Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority; Adel Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia; and other senior officials welcomed the distinguished guests of Qatar Airways led by its “outspoken” chief executive Akbar Al Baker, who remained in “an aggressive mood” during the media briefing and spoke at length on various “issues”.