New Connections at the Berlin Airports12.08.2005
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit: “With the new flights to Doha, the capital of Qatar on the Arabian Gulf, we have been able to attain another milestone for improved international connections from Berlin. The new connection is not only very important for tourists, but for business travelers who can use the good connections to the Middle and Far East.“
”We have worked very intensively to be able to include a destination in the Arabian region in the flight schedule“, says the airport CEO Dieter Johannsen-Roth. ”The new connection to Qatar shows Berlin’s growing importance as an airport location.“
The Berlin Airports are demonstrating record growth and have moved up to third place in passenger count in the German statistics. Today, Berlin is better connected to the world than ever before. The European and German network is dense. Two nonstop flights to the USA have begun this year. The new connection to the Middle East is an optimal addition.
“We have wanted to fly to the capital city Berlin for a long time. That is why we are happy that we will soon be able to offer our 5-star service to the Berlin clientele – and we also promise to bring guests from many countries to Berlin through our network,” says Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.
The Berlin – Doha route is an important enhancement for travelers from both countries. The German capital is the third most popular city in Europe. In the first five months of this year the number of visitors from the Gulf countries has increased by about 50 percent. With 2.7 hotel overnights, the guests from the Gulf stay in the city longer than the average guest. For German vacationers Doha, the capital of Qatar, located directly on the Arabian Gulf, provides optimal conditions for a relaxing vacation. The rapidly growing economy also makes Qatar an important destination for the business traveler.
Qatar Airways currently services 65 destina-tions from its hub in Doha. There are connec-tions to the Middle and Far East as well as to the Indian sub-continent and Africa. This means new routes, especially for travelers to Asia from Berlin. From the hub in Doha destinations such as Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Bombay and Jakarta can be reached quickly. The hub in Doha also offers travel to South Africa, the Maldives and the Seychelles.
Qatar Airways will fly the Berlin-Tegel – Doha route four times weekly with a A319 Long Range. The Airbus has eight seats in Business Class and 102 in Economy Class. The plane is well-suited for expanding the Berlin market. Larger planes or more frequent flights can be planned as needed.
Qatar Airways has one of the most modern fleets in the world. Safety and service are the focus of the company. The airline has a 100 % security verification and in 2003 was the first airline in the world to pass the new, strict IOSA Safety Audit from the IATA. The modern fleet consists exclusively of Airbus planes.
For more information about Qatar Airways see: www.qatarairways.com