Dec 14, 2018: Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Hamad International Airport (HIA), Doha landed at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, Sweden recently, marking the airline’s second gateway into Sweden after Stockholm. The route will be served five times a week by the state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are tremendously excited to launch direct services to the beautiful city of Gothenburg, a key new addition to our European network. This important new Nordic gateway will provide enhanced connectivity to both business and leisure travellers, and will help connect the Swedish people to our extensive global network of more than 160 destinations worldwide. We look forward to bringing visitors to Gothenburg, where they can experience for themselves the delights this charming city has to offer.”

At the aircraft arrival ceremony, Qatar Airways was presented with 'the Key to the City of Gothenburg' award, in recognition of the tremendous benefit the direct service will bring to West Swedish companies by providing increased connectivity to Africa and Asia. The award was presented to Qatar Airways by Henrik Einarsson, director of business establishment and investment, business region Goteborg AB.

Chief executive officer of Swedavia, Jonaas Abrahamsson, said: “We are very pleased that we at Swedavia, together with our regional partners, have been able to present to Qatar Airways the large market potential in the West of Sweden, resulting in the new direct route between Gothenburg and Doha. Qatar Airways’ direct route is the result of successful cooperation between Swedavia and regional partners. Together we are showing Qatar Airways the potential in market of West Sweden.”

As one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, Qatar Airways Cargo already has a large presence in the Nordics region, operating belly-hold flights to and from Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, along with four weekly freighters from Oslo. The wide-body belly-hold flights to and from Gothenburg will increase the overall tonnage to 1,000 tonnes per week from the Nordic region. Direct flights from Gothenburg will greatly benefit the automotive, pharma, high tech and general industries in Sweden, and offer efficient connections to Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand via the carrier’s state-of-the-art hub in Doha.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans to launch an array of exciting new destinations over the coming months including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.

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