Thursday 30 March 2017

Qatar Airways confirm it will operate flights between Dublin and Doha

Qatar Airways airplane
Qatar Airways airplane
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Qatar Airways has confirmed it will operate flights between Dublin and Doha from next year.

It’s been speculated for some time that the Middle East carrier was eyeing services from the capital.

The airline owns 20pc of IAG, the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

Earlier this year, Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh said that either the Irish airline would begin flying to Doha, or Qatar Airways would launch the service.

“Now we have not just a shareholder, but also a partner, with a competitive network in Qatar,” he said in June. “We would connect into the Qatar hub either on our metal (aircraft) or Qatar metal. It's a natural way of exploiting the opportunities that both parties can bring."

“We are delighted that Qatar Airways has confirmed its plans to launch a new service to Dublin,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison today.

 “This new service will offer passengers an additional option into the Middle East and also open up a wide range of convenient connections via Doha. It will also help grow inbound tourism to Ireland, as Qatar Airways will be able to sell Dublin and Ireland through its extensive route network.”

The launch of the Dublin-Doha service will put pressure on Qatar Airways rivals Etihad and Emirates. They serve Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively from Dublin.

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