Qatar Airways has commenced daily service to Kolkata, the commercial capital of East India. This brings the total number of new routes launched by the Doha-based carrier to 10.
In addition to this new route, Qatar Airways also operates twice-weekly cargo flights to Kolkata. It also launched freight flights to the Indian cities of Kozhikode and Bengaluru in April, complementing its previous routes to Mumbai and Goa.
The daily passenger service to the West Bengali capital, however, enables Qatar Airways to further address the growing traffic between the Middle East and South Asia.
It’s why Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has such high hopes for the new route. “As our 12th Indian gateway, the addition of Kolkata demonstrates Qatar Airways’ commitment to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies with India’s rapid pace of development prompting the need for more flights to serve rising demand for air travel to and from the country,” he said in a statement.
India’s not the only region Qatar Airways is targeting, however. This fall, the carrier will also launch service to Sofia, Bulgaria; Oslo; Entebbe, Uganda; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Tbilisi, Georgia.