AIRLINES – Qatar Airways has announced the launching its services in two more cities of Pakistan which are Sialkot and Faisalabad on consecutive days.
The airline started four weekly passenger services to Sialkot on July 16, 2015 and a day later announced that it would also initiate three weekly flights to Faisalabad.
Since 2008, Qatar Airways Cargo had already been operating a direct freight service to Sialkot because of the high volume of products especially textiles being exported from the city.
Besides this the airline has announced that in a few weeks Multan will also join its Pakistan network with three flights a week starting from August 2, 2015.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways has a long-standing commitment to serve Pakistan and we are delighted to operate an exceptionally comprehensive route network covering the length and breadth of the country.”
“There are a significant number of Pakistani expatriates who are working in Qatar and the GCC. The launch of these new destinations will enable us to quickly meet the growing demand of these travellers,” he further added.
With the launch of its services in Sialkot and Faisalabad, the airline has decided to operate an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 in Economy Class.
It is pertinent to mention here that Qatar Airways currently flies 45 times a week to four cities of Pakistan, with double daily flights to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, and three weekly flights to Peshawar.
Karachi was the first city in Pakistan where the airline launched its services in 1995, followed by Peshawar in 1998, Lahore in 1999 and Islamabad in 2004.
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