Qatar Airways add Gatwick as new UK gateway

The Gulf-based carrier has launched a double daily connection with Doha making London Gatwick the airline’s sixth UK destination

A celebratory water salute welcomed Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha at London Gatwick on Tuesday as the Gulf-based airline launched their sixth UK gateway.

The double daily service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, aircraft aims to provide more flexibility to passengers travelling to London. The new connection will also enhance connectivity for passengers flying from the United Kingdom to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 150 destinations.

London Gatwick is Qatar Airways' sixth UK gateway — Nutkamol komolvanich / Shutterstock
London Gatwick is Qatar Airways’ sixth UK gateway – Nutkamol komolvanich / Shutterstock

Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate, said: “I am delighted to mark the start of this double daily service to Doha today as Qatar Airways’ extensive route network offers passengers more choice of onward destinations, including those across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.”

“Qatar Airways is also one of the world’s premier airlines and provides a level of service that is sure to prove popular with our passengers.

“This new route also strengthens Gatwick’s growing long-haul network, which has more than 60 routes and we hope to grow it further still in coming months.”

The airline continues to add a number of new destinations to its network in 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece; Cardiff, UK and many more. Passengers will be flying on a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in both London and throughout the UK Earlier this month, we launched direct flights to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, clearly demonstrating our continued commitment to this market.

“We are very proud of our strong and extensive trade ties with the UK and look forward to offering our loyal passengers the chance to explore the newest and most exciting destinations within our global network.”

Recently, Qatar Airways have also revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expansion plans. In an announcement, the airline claimed it will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg.

Other new routes to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece and Málaga, Spain.