Qatar Airways to launch direct daily flights to Cardiff from 1 May, 2018

Qatar Airways will launch direct daily flights to Cardiff commencing 1 May, 2018, making the airline the first Gulf carrier to service Wales and Southwest England.

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Cardiff is a strategically important destination for Qatar Airways as it opens up a new portion of the UK to the airline, as well as allowing more people to Cardiff from the Gulf and even further afield.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is one of the most compelling tourist destinations in the UK, with countless museums and exhibitions, a thriving music scene and world-class sporting events regularly on show at the Principality Stadium.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Many travellers currently fly to and from London using ground transport between London and Cardiff, and the launch of direct service will allow passengers to fly directly from Wales and the Southwest to Doha and beyond for the first time.”

Boost for Wales

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, said: “The daily service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.”

The new service between Doha and Cardiff will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in Business Class, offering passengers direct aisle access with its 1-2-1 configuration, and 232 seats in Economy Class.

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