Qatar confirms plan to launch new Dublin-Doha route
Qatar Airways has confirmed it will operate flights between Dublin and Doha from next year.
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."
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: "We are delighted that Qatar Airways has confirmed its plans to launch a new service to Dublin" .
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.