LONDON — Qatar Airways will be launching flights to Gothenburg, the carrier’s second footing into the Swedish market.
Services are to begin on December 12, 2018, on a five times per week basis using the carrier’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The airline’s 787-8 will be hosted in a two-class configuration, offering 22 seats in Business and 232 seats in Economy respectively.
Flight QR173 will depart Doha at 0155 and arrive into Gothenburg at 06:35 on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays with QR174 departing the same day at 0805 from Gothenburg and arriving back into Doha for 16:10 (all times local).
Flight QR177 will depart Doha at 0820 and arrive into Gothenburg at 13:00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the return, QR178 departing Gothenburg at 1510 and arriving into Doha at 23:15 the same day.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of direct services to Gothenburg, our second gateway into Sweden. Gothenburg is a charming city with much to offer both business and leisure travelers,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
“This new direct route demonstrates our commitment to expanding our presence in the Nordic countries, a highly important market for us, and to further connecting these destinations on our global network,” he concluded.
Additionally, Jonas Abrahamsson, Chief Executive Officer at Swedavia, admitted that “Sweden is the largest economy in Scandinavia, and at the moment it is also the strongest in Europe.”
“New direct routes are an important contributing factor, as they improve connectivity to markets that are crucial to the Swedish business community and attract capital and knowledge to the region,” he said.
Abrahamsson noted that this direct route between Doha and Gothenburg “is the result of successful cooperation where we, together with the region, have shown Qatar Airways the potential in the western Swedish market.”
Gothenburg has been on QR’s eyes for a while now, due to the expansive growth that they are currently undergoing.
The city is set to grow by a third by the year 2035 and has a lot of industrial and business ties, featuring the largest port out of the Nordic countries combined.
QR’s overall relationship with Sweden dates back to 2007 when they first launched services between Stockholm and Doha, which today operates 14 flights per week and is also used by their 787 too.
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Alongside Stockholm, Qatar serves the Nordic capitals being Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki from Hamad respectively.
Gothenburg on the cargo front will join the 870 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity out of Scandinavia and will provide export and trade links with the other 164 destinations that QR currently operates around the world.
This route has been evidently well-planned and begins the airline’s expansion into the Swedish market even further and could set the precedent for expansion into other Scandinavian cities that have not yet been covered by the airline.