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Qatar Airways Adds Destinations to Network for Summer 2024

New flights will connect Doha with Hamburg and Venice during Summer 2024.

A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Qatar Airways is expanding its European network in Summer 2024 as it adds a further German city and returns to a popular Italian destination. The Doha-based airline announced this week that it would begin flights to Hamburg (HAM), Germany from Jul. 1 and recommence service to Venice, Italy from Jun. 12.

Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer stated: “As this year comes to an end, we are delighted to present our passengers with new and exciting travel opportunities for the year 2024. Starting with our resumption to Venice and an inaugural flight to Hamburg, Qatar Airways and its hub, Hamad International Airport, continues to position itself on the global map as a leading gateway for international travel and connectivity.”

Hamburg becomes the fifth city in Germany to be operated by the carrier joining Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf. A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will undertake the route from HAM to Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH). Qatar Airways anticipates that the northern German city ‘will serve as a gateway to South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines.’

In an interesting scheduling note, the daily flight will depart HAM at different times depending on the day of the week.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday will have a 3.40 p.m. departure time (10.40 p.m. arrival into DOH) and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9.20 a.m. (4.20 p.m. arrival). Flights from DOH will depart at 8.35 a.m. arriving at 2.10 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and depart at 2.15 a.m. arriving at 7.50 a.m. (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is expected to serve the carrier’s return to Venice with a daily flight departing Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) at 4.50 p.m. and arriving in DOH at 11.10 p.m.. The DOH-VCE flight is scheduled to depart at 9.00 a.m. and arrive at 2.20 p.m. Qatar Airways suspended operations to VCE in the early months of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and expects to see considerable interest from the Japanese, Chinese and Australian markets. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer added: “We look forward to seeing our passengers uncover new experiences and resume flying to their favorite destinations.”

The announcement of the Hamburg and Venice flights followed increased frequencies to a number of Qatar Airways’ destinations. Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Belgrade and Miami all saw recent increases in flights taking the carrier’s total number of destinations to more than 170. The airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport has also undergone significant expansion with construction continuing to deal with passenger demand. Phase A of the expansion was opened in 2022 and Phase B will see over 95,000 square meters in extension of Concourses D and E, and a new cargo terminal taking the airport’s capacity capability up to 70 million passengers per year.

John Flett

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  • John Flett

    John has always had a passion for aviation and through a career with Air New Zealand has gained a strong understanding of aviation operations and the strategic nature of the industry. During his career with the airline, John held multiple leadership roles and was involved in projects such as the introduction of both the 777-200 and -300 type aircraft and the development of the IFE for the 777-300. He was also part of a small team who created and published the internal communications magazines for Air New Zealand’s pilots, cabin crew and ground staff balancing a mix of corporate and social content. John is educated to postgraduate level achieving a masters degree with Distinction in Airline and Airport Management. John is currently the course director of an undergraduate commercial pilot training programme at a leading London university. In addition he is contracted as an external instructor for IATA (International Air Transport Association) and a member of the Heathrow Community Fund’s ‘Communities for Tomorrow’ panel.

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