Qatar Airways has highlighted the importance of India in the airline’s ongoing expansion strategy.
Speaking in Kolkata to celebrate the recent launch of Qatar Airways’ flights to the West Bengal state capital, Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, spoke of the strong cultural, social and business links between the Qatar and India. Indian nationals currently make up 25% of the airline’s 20,000-strong workforce.
“Qatar Airways enjoys a robust operation in India with 110 flights a week, a four-fold increase from just a few years ago. Having launched flights to Goa, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Kolkata over the past 24 months, our new routes have facilitated growing demand for more capacity to and from India,” Al Baker told media in Kolkata.
“This is a market that is strong and full of confidence. We are eyeing more opportunities here in India and look forward to developing our footprint further to give the travelling public a wider choice of services they deserve, and the cargo community more flights to ease the flow of goods, produce and other shipments to and from India,” he added.
“Our recently-launched flights to Kolkata are a perfect example of being able to take advantage of the huge business opportunities that exist in one of India’s historic key trading port cities. And with the huge choice of one-stop connections over our Doha hub to scores of cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and South America, Qatar Airways is providing a convenient and truly viable alternative to competitors,” he added.
The Doha–Kolkata route is operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. Flights depart Kolkata at 0315 every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and at 0645 every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.