Qatar Airways Expands European Reach in Summer 2024 with New German City and Resumed Service to Venice
Doha-based airline Qatar Airways is set to broaden its European network for the Summer of 2024, introducing a new German city and reinstating flights to a popular Italian destination. The airline disclosed this week its plans to commence operations to Hamburg (HAM), Germany, starting July 1, and resume services to Venice, Italy, from June 12.
CEO of Qatar Airways Group, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, expressed enthusiasm about the developments, stating, "As this year comes to an end, we are delighted to present our passengers with new and exciting travel opportunities for the year 2024. Starting with our resumption to Venice and an inaugural flight to Hamburg, Qatar Airways and its hub, Hamad International Airport, continues to position itself on the global map as a leading gateway for international travel and connectivity."
Hamburg will become the fifth German city served by Qatar Airways, joining Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Dusseldorf. The route between Hamburg and Doha's Hamad International Airport (DOH) will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Qatar Airways foresees Hamburg as a gateway facilitating travel to South Africa, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Notably, the daily flight from Hamburg will have different departure times depending on the day of the week. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, the departure time will be at 3:40 p.m. (with a 10:40 p.m. arrival in DOH), while on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, it will depart at 9:20 a.m. (with a 4:20 p.m. arrival). Return flights from DOH will depart at 8:35 a.m., arriving at 2:10 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday), and depart at 2:15 a.m., arriving at 7:50 a.m. (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday).
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is also expected to operate the carrier's return to Venice with a daily flight departing Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) at 4:50 p.m. and arriving in DOH at 11:10 p.m. The DOH-VCE flight is scheduled to depart at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at 2:20 p.m. Qatar Airways had suspended operations to VCE in the early months of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and anticipates renewed interest from Japanese, Chinese, and Australian markets. Al-Meer added, "We look forward to seeing our passengers uncover new experiences and resume flying to their favorite destinations."
These announcements regarding Hamburg and Venice flights come on the heels of Qatar Airways increasing frequencies to several destinations, including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Belgrade, and Miami. This expansion contributes to the airline's extensive network, which now spans over 170 destinations. Furthermore, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways' hub, is undergoing significant expansion to meet growing passenger demand, with Phase A completed in 2022 and Phase B set to add over 95,000 square meters, extending Concourses D and E, and introducing a new cargo terminal to enhance the airport's capacity to 70 million passengers per year.