Boosting its connectivity to the UK, Qatar Airways will be introducing direct daily services to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, on May 1, 2018.
The flights will make the Qatari carrier the very first GCC carrier to offer flights to the destination.
Cardiff, a popular tourist attraction in the UK, is home to fascinating museums, exhibitions, a thriving music scene and world-class sporting events.
Thrilled with the news, chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker declared: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new route to the Welsh capital. Many travellers currently fly to and from London using ground transport between London and Cardiff, and the launch of direct service will allow passengers to fly directly from Wales and the Southwest to Doha and beyond for the first time. We look forward to offering both business and leisure travellers this convenient connection to Cardiff and points beyond.”
Meanwhile, the First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones stated: “The daily service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales. Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International Airport, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.”
Launching next year, the new Doha-Cardiff flights will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class.
Cardiff will represent Qatar Airways’ fifth UK destination, with the airline currently serving London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
CEO, Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber enthused: “I am immensely proud that world-class airline, Qatar Airways, has recognised the potential that exists within the region and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a daily service. The service opens up a world of connectivity for our customers to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.
“More than 1.4 million passengers per year from the region travel to destinations that are available on the Qatar Airways network – 90 per cent of these passengers are currently travelling from London airports, which emphasises just how much demand exists within the market. We look forward to developing our fruitful relationship with Qatar Airways over the coming months and to the start of this exciting new route in May 2018,” Barber concluded.