Qatar Airways has commenced its new service to Izmir, Turkey.
The inaugural flight QR 347, operated by an Airbus A320, was welcomed to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport by a celebratory water cannon salute.
The Turkish Ambassador to the State of Qatar, H.E. Fikret Özer was joined by senior vice president – Europe, Qatar Airways, Sylvain Bosc on board the flight.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker stated: “We are delighted to launch direct services to Izmir, a beautiful coastal city and key business hub. This new gateway to Turkey will strengthen Qatar Airways’ already robust presence in the Turkish market, while providing our passengers travelling from Turkey enhanced connectivity to our extensive global route map of more than 160 destinations. Izmir is also home to the country’s second-largest port after Istanbul, and is a major commercial centre, making it a key destination for business travellers.”
The three-times-weekly service to Izmir will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy class.
Qatar Airways currently operates flights to six destinations in Turkey, with separate services to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport (21 times per week) and Istanbul Airport (14 times per week), Adana Airport (three times a week), and daily flights to Ankara.
The award-winning airline will also resume direct seasonal services to Bodrum on May 25, 2019 and Antalya from May 24, 2019.