Qatar Airways to serve Manchester daily

Qatar Airways is to serve Manchester with daily flights in the New Year, marking a significant increase in capacity to Britain’s second city. The airline currently operates four scheduled flights a week between Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, and Manchester. Capacity is being increased to a fifth weekly service from 11 February 2006, rising to a daily service on 26 March. The additional Manchester services bring the number of weekly flights between Qatar and the UK up to 28, including twice daily to London Heathrow and daily to London Gatwick. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the additional Manchester services would provide passengers with greater choice of flights and a wider network of exciting destinations to connect from Doha. “We are already enjoying excellent passenger loads to Manchester from the Middle East and our destinations in the Indian subcontinent, Far East and South Africa via Doha,” he said. “All our UK routes covering Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick are performing extremely well, so it was only a matter of time before we stepped up capacity to meet the rising demand. “These additional flights to Manchester are good news for the travelling public and we look forward to other opportunities to expand capacity even further across the UK during 2006.”

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