On Friday, October 16th, Qatar Airways will re-launch flights to Sofia, Bulgaria, with a thrice-weekly service. This marks the airline’s return to serving 100 destinations, with 700 weekly flights. Plans are to add another 25 before the year is over, including a new route to San Fransisco.
Focus on frequency as well as network
After a year where schedules have been decimated and demand utterly crushed as the world and aviation struggle to come to grips with the unfolding health crisis, it is nice with moments to celebrate. Tomorrow Qatar Airways will hit the 100-destination mark. The carrier will return to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, flying via Bucharest, three times a week.
“As one of the few airlines to have continuously flown throughout the pandemic to take passengers home safely and reliably, we are proud to reach this significant milestone in the rebuild of our network,” Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement seen by Simple Flying.
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Mr Al Baker also said that the plans are for Qatar to grow its number of destinations to over 125 by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the focus does not solely lie with network expansion but also on increasing frequencies for greater travel flexibility.
Over the past week, Qatar has also increased the number of flights to Madrid, Copenhagen, Stockholm (ten weekly flights each), and Manchester (17 weekly flights). On October 25th, the