Qatar to launch flights to 16 new destinations by end of 2019
Expect more direct flights into Europe and Asia on the 5-star airline.
Qatar Airways has big plans to expand its network of flights further into Europe and Asia during 2018-2019.
All up, 16 new and direct routes will operate from the airline's hub city Doha including to Luxembourg, cementing it as the only Gulf carrier to operate non-stop to the city.
The other European and UK cities set to launch within the two-year period are: London Gatwick, Cardiff, Lisbon, Tallinn, Valletta, Mykonos, Thessaloniki and Malaga.
In Asia, Cebu, Davao and Langkawi are on the airline's radar while in the centre of both are three of Turkey's most popular destinations: Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay.
On top of new routes, Qatar has also revealed plans to increase services to popular European cities Warsaw, Prague, Kyiv, Madrid and Barcelona, and to Asia's Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Maldives.
For Australians, that gives travellers the chance to discover more of Eastern Europe and Turkey on one connection, bumping through Doha straight onto the Greek island of Mykonos, the beaches of Malaga, the cosmopolitan streets of Hatay and more.
When flying Qatar, Australians also have the added benefit of a 30-day visa waiver and free overnight hotel stay to explore Doha and break up their trip. You can attach this onto your itinerary by opting for a multi-stop journey via Doha and nominating extended layover times.
While there are no specific launch dates yet for each route, Qatar tends to surround new routes with special launch fares, which we'll be keeping you up to date with in the future.
In the meantime, to help you get on your way faster, Qatar Airways is currently offering 15% off flights when you pay via PayPal. This promotion ends 12 March 2018 and is valid for travel up until 31 January 2019. You can find out more details here.
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