Saturday 3 December 2016

Dublin to get direct flights to Qatar; 11 new services added this winter

Taking flight

Published 29/11/2016 | 14:59

Doha skyline at night, Qatar. Photo: Deposit
Doha skyline at night, Qatar. Photo: Deposit
Qatar Airways. Photo: Deposit

Dublin's Airport's route network continues to bloom with the announcement that Qatar Airways will fly direct to Doha.

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The Dublin-Doha service will commence during its 2017-18 season, the airline says - although it has yet to confirm a starting date.

The news comes as Dublin Airport is adding almost 695,000 extra seats this winter, offering 11 more services than it did this time last year.

Four new services include Hamburg and Sophia (Ryanair), Doncaster (Flybe) and Amsterdam (KLM), with seven further services that began during the summer season now operating in winter for the first time.

Further new routes are promised in 2017, including new Aer Lingus flights to Miami, Porto and Split, while Ryanair today announced the doubling of its own Dublin-Porto service, with five flights a week due from summer 2017.

If the Qatar Airways service takes off, it will be another milestone for the airport - which looks set to post record passenger numbers this year.

Qatar Airways. Photo: Deposit
Qatar Airways. Photo: Deposit

Qatar is the world’s fastest growing airline and 20pc-owner of IAG, the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

Dublin already has direct services to Dubai (Emirates) and Abu Dhabi (Etihad), but the new Doha route would open Hammad International Airport up both as a leisure and business destination and a connecting hub.

Qatar announced the future Dublin route along with several other new destinations for 2017-18, including Canberra. It already plans to add Auckland and Chiang Mai, among further new services, next year.

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