Qatar Airways to start first direct long-haul service to Wales

Boeing 787 Qatar Airways Photo by Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker yesterday announced the launch of a new frequent service from Cardiff Airport, linking Wales and south west England to Qatar.

The world-class, 5-star airline renowned for quality and excellent customer service has announced Cardiff Airport (CWL) as the only new planned UK route in its network for 2018.

The service from Cardiff Airport (CWL) will be the first regular direct long-haul flight linking Wales and south west England to a major global hub in the Gulf region, benefiting both leisure and business travellers.

Services will fly between Cardiff and Doha-Hamad (DOH), which since opening in 2014 is one of the world’s largest hub airports with more than 30 million passengers. The new service will stimulate inbound tourism to and from the region as a major gateway to the UK.

Deb Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: “More than 1 million passengers per year from our region are travelling to destinations that are on the Qatar Airways network. Over 90% of these passengers are currently travelling via London and this new service will give them the opportunity to fly more conveniently from Cardiff, their local airport. It has been a long journey to get to this stage, with discussions spanning a number of years. Over the coming months we will work with the team at Qatar Airways to confirm the details of the service and look forward to the flights being on sale in the near future.”

— Cardiff Airport