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Qatar Airways to launch Doha Cardiff services in 2018

Cardiff AirportMiddle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways has confirmed it will inaugurate flights to Cardiff some time next year. CEO Akbar Al Baker announced the launch of Doha-Cardiff flights on the airline’s website late last month.

Although the bulletin announced the new route, it did not give details about the actual launch date or flight frequencies. It stated that the inauguration of the service would be the first direct air link between Wales and the southwest corner of England and the Middle East.

Debra Barber is the CEO at Cardiff Airport and she stated she was honoured such a prestigious airline as Qatar had chosen the facility as its partner. She carried on by saying a good proportion of the million-plus passengers who passed through Cardiff every year transited in London before continuing on to destinations farther afield.

Ms Barber explained that once the flights took off, passengers would be able to bypass London altogether and get to their final destinations via Qatar’s comprehensive global network. She finished off by saying Cardiff would be working with Qatar to work out schedules and then tickets would go on sale soon after.

Cardiff Airport is owned by the government of Wales and is currently served by a mix of regional and low-cost airlines with destinations ranging from Aberdeen and Cork to Tenerife and Malaga. Flybe added to the options this week when it launched a thrice-weekly summer service to Guernsey.

The addition of the Qatar Airways’ flights will add another 150 destinations in one fell swoop. With one change of flight at Hamad International Airport in Doha, travellers will be able to fly on to locations as diverse as Auckland, Beijing, Kilimanjaro and New York City.

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