Qatar Airways has launched new regional routes to Sharjah and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).
The new UAE routes will both be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft and there will be three flights daily to Sharjah, with two flights per day to DWC.
“Over the years, we have focused upon the expansion of our route network, and today’s launches to Sharjah and DWC demonstrate our commitment to the UAE,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker.
“As one of our closest neighbors in the Gulf, it is of key importance to offer excellent and frequent air travel connections to the UAE, and the location of both airports relative to our network will afford travelers an even wider variety of options when they are looking to reach their final destinations”, he added.
Over the next few weeks and months, the Qatar Airways network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus, Philadelphia, USA, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey, Edinburgh, Scotland, Miami, USA and Dallas/Fort Worth, US
“This service will add value to the travelers using the airport to reach their destinations in Europe, Asia and America. In addition, it will enhance the trade and transportation services between Sharjah and Doha,” said Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al-Qassimi, chairman of Department of Civil Aviation, Sharjah.
Ali Salim Al-Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “The launch of daily flights to Sharjah International Airport reflects the confidence of the international airlines in services and facilities provided by the airport”.
He added: “Today Sharjah is the third largest of the seven emirates which form the UAE and offers an impressive array of over 20 museums, several art galleries and beautifully restored heritage areas in this bustling port city. It is in this regard that the city was named the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 in recognition of its achievements.”
In a separate statement, Mohamed Ali Al-Noman, chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, hailed the launch of Qatar Airways flights from Doha to Sharjah International Airport with three daily flights, saying the move will boost tourism relations between the two parties and increase the flow of Qatari and GCC tourists to the Emirate.
Al-Noman said Sharjah receives more than 25,000 visitors from Qatar annually on an average, expressing confidence the numbers will increase significantly in the coming years with the boosting of the direct Doha-Sharjah connectivity.