Qatar Airways’ Latest European Expansion Is Great News For Flyers


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Qatar Airways features quite a lot in Traveling For Miles and there’s a very good reason for that – no other airline comes close to offering as many fantastic Business Class deals as Qatar Airways.

Admittedly most of the great deals are for departures out of Europe but we have been seeing more deals out of Asia and Australia too so it’s always worth paying attention when Qatar Airways launches yet another promotion.

The latest news out of the Gulf carrier is that it’s going to be adding more flights between Doha and Europe starting as soon as next month but, as good as that news it, it’s where the extra flights will be going that I want to look at.

Here’s what the Qatar Airways announcement says:

Due to an increase in demand to key European destinations, especially from the Asia-Pacific region, flights to Rome, Milan and Stockholm will increase to 17 per week from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, while flights to Oslo are set to increase from seven to 10 frequencies per week.

In addition….

[D]ouble daily flights to the Russian capital Moscow will increase to three times daily from 14 December, just five days before Qatar Airways’ inaugural daily flight to the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The additional frequency to Moscow will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

Ok….

The new flights to Russia aren’t all that interesting but the news that we’re getting more flights to/from Italy and Scandinavia is music to my ears!

Most of the best Business Class fares that Qatar Airways publishes (for travel between Europe and Asia) start either in one of the Scandinavian countries or in Italy so, with even more capacity now coming online, things can only get better.

Qatar Airways A380 Bar

I’ve scored some great deals out of Rome (my Kuala Lumpur trip), Pisa (my Seoul trip), Helsinki (an upcoming trip to Bangkok) and Stockholm (a 2018 trip to Singapore) so seeing yet more flights being scheduled to these regions gives me every reason to believe that these type of deals will keep on coming.

It’s interesting to note that the reason given for the expanded services is the demand coming out of Asia (and not the other way around) so, while I suspect fares originating in Asia may not be all that cheap, I see no reason why the fares originating in Europe shouldn’t mirror what we’ve been seeing for some time.

In case you’ve been missing out on the deals I’m referencing you should take a look at this piece I posted on 9 November (roundtrip Business Class fares for under €1,000) or this piece from October where roundtrip Business Class fares between Europe and Asia started at around €1,018.

Both of those articles should give you an excellent idea of what you can expect Qatar Airways to come up with and, as it’s been at least a couple of weeks since the last great set of deals, we should be due a new set any day now 🙂