05 Feb 2018 – 18:51
Doha: Qatar Airways announced the launch of new direct flights to the Turkish city of Hatay, the airline’s fifth gateway in Turkey. The new three-times-weekly route will be served by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
Hatay, also known as Antakya, was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire FLICand is known for its many well-preserved ancient Roman mosaics, as well as its traditional products including olive oil soap, fine silk and delicious local cuisine.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this new route, which reflects the close relationship between Qatar and Turkey. And Turkey itself is continuing to grow in popularity with our passengers for both business and leisure purposes, attracting travelers who wish to enjoy its rich culture. We are delighted to offer yet another gateway into this spectacular country, and to provide even more choice to our passengers who wish to experience all that Turkey has to offer.”
Qatar Airways currently operates direct flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport three times daily, to Istanbul Ataturk Airport ten times weekly, to Adana Sakirpasa Airport three times weekly and a daily service to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.
Qatar Airways connects Turkey to over 150 destinations via Hamad International Airport (HIA), and also offers seamless connecting flights from Fast East, Australia and the Middle East and beyond.
As part of its continued expansion plans, the airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting new destinations for 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Cardiff, United Kingdom and Thessaloniki, Greece, to name just a few.