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IATA and The Weather Company Collaborate to Provide Enhanced Turbulence-Related Weather Data to Airlines

22 February 2024  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the transmission of its Turbulence Aware data for use within industry-leading aviation solutions by The Weather Company, which serves a majority of North American commercial airlines and many others globally. With this enhancement, participating airlines can now access Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) turbulence data directly through Fusion™ and Pilotbrief® tools by The Weather Company. IATA Turbulence Aware will be enabled as an additional data layer within these tools, allowing pilots, dispatchers and flight planners to have needed turbulence observations integrated directly into their mission critical applications in one place rather than relying on multiple screens. Turbulence can impact crew and passenger safety, route planning, ......read more

Qatar Airways and gategroup Launch New Partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

With gategroup on board, the award-winning airline will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating Dubai, UAE, 13 February 2024 – Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways' commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence. This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International ......read more

Qatar International Food Festival 2024 kicks off with bursting flavours and live entertainment

Qatar Tourism’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) returns on February 8 for its 13th edition. Held at the Family Zone at the Doha Expo 2023 this year at Al Bidda Park, QIFF 2024 spans over a colossal 61, 600 meter squared concourse. The event is geared up to offer the most entertaining cultural feast under one roof. This year’s sponsors are Talabat and Ooredoo, while the Official Hospitality Partner is Katara Hospitality, and the Official Venue Partner is Doha Expo 2023. Commenting on this year’s festival, His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “As we gather here today to inaugurate the 13th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival. This year, in acknowledgment of the year of culture, we embrace a cultural exchange between our brothers and sisters from ......read more

France visa services in Qatar now available through VFS Global

VFS Global is bringing France visa services closer to home for the residents of Qatar through its new France Visa Application Centre in Doha. The centre was inaugurated on 08 February 2024 by Patrick Poinsot, First counsellor at the French embassy in Qatar. France visa applicants can now visit this centre located in Level 2, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road, Doha, Qatar, to submit their applications for short and long stay visas. Prior appointments are mandatory and can be booked on www.vfsglobal.com. Mr. Patrick Poinsot, First counselor at the French embassy in Qatar said, “We care about the quality of the welcome of our Qatari friends and residents of Qatar who want to go to France. We are very pleased to see that, each year, more and more people are travelling to France, especially for touristic ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo appoints new Chief Officer Cargo

“Qatar Airways Cargo confirms that Mark Drusch has been appointed as Chief Officer Cargo effective immediately. With over 25 years in senior airline management roles, Mark is a well-known figure in the aviation world. His most recent role was SVP Revenue Management, Alliances and Strategy at Qatar Airways where he led the development and implementation of the company’s revenue strategy as well as managing strategic alliances with key partner airlines.  Prior to joining Qatar Airways, Mark spent 20 years at Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and Lufthansa LSG Sky Chefs as Senior Vice President where he led the transformation in commercial airline strategy execution, revenue management, network planning and alliances. In addition, Mark was CEO and co-founder of e-Rewards and e-Miles, leaders in online panel ......read more

Air Cargo Demand Surges 10.8% in December, Closing 2023 Near 2022 Levels

31 January 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand rebounded in 2023 with a particularly strong fourth quarter performance despite economic uncertainties. Full-year demand reached a level just slightly below 2022 and 2019.   • Global full-year demand in 2023, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was down 1.9% compared to 2022 (-2.2% for international operations). Compared to 2019, it was down 3.6% (-3.8 for international operations). • Capacity in 2023, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 11.3% above 2022 (+9.6% for international operations). Compared to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels, capacity was up 2.5% (0.0% for international operations). • December 2023 saw an exceptionally strong ......read more

EASA Partners with IATA to Counter Aviation Safety threat from GNSS Spoofing and Jamming

30 January 2024 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the conclusions of a workshop jointly hosted at EASA’s headquarters to combat incidents of GNSS spoofing and jamming. The workshop’s high-level conclusion was that interference with satellite-based services that provide information on the precise position of an aircraft can pose significant challenges to aviation safety. Mitigating these risks requires short-, medium- and long-term measures, beginning with the sharing of incident information and remedies. “GNSS systems offer tremendous advantages to aviation in increasing the safety of operations in a busy shared airspace,” said EASA Acting Executive Director Luc Tytgat. “But we have seen a sharp rise in attacks on ......read more

Qatar Airways Touches Down its Inaugural Flight in Medan, Indonesia to Celebrate Successful Conclusion of Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture

Qatar Airways Touches Down its Inaugural Flight in Medan, Indonesia to Celebrate Successful Conclusion of Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture The award-winning airline continues its global expansion, introducing Medan as its third gateway in Indonesia The national carrier of the State of Qatar will operate three weekly flights to Medan onboard its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Doha, Qatar 22 January 2024 – Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Medan has touched down at Kualanamu International Airport on Monday, 15 January 2024, marking Medan the airline’s third destination in the Republic of Indonesia. The new direct service will complement the award-winning airline’s over 40 weekly flights to Jakarta and Bali. His Excellency the Minister of State President of Qatar National Library Dr. ......read more

Visit Qatar Showcases “Hayyakum Qatar” in Riyadh Boulevard

Qatar dazzles with regional activations inviting GCC nationals to discover the country as part of its vibrant ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ campaign Visit Qatar took centre stage in a special activation at Riyadh Boulevard, highlighting the ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ destination campaign. This initiative invites GCC nationals to explore Qatar's diverse attractions. To further promote this campaign, Visit Qatar has ingeniously crafted a special edition of 2024 calendar, Qatar Now guidebook and giveaways accentuating the country's remarkable hospitality and thrilling experiences during the enchanting winter season. Launched by Visit Qatar in November 2023, the ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ destination campaign portrays four main angles, depicted in images of carefully curated destinations and events. The campaign follows a ......read more

Royal Commission for AlUla's Governor Formally Inaugurates Qatar Airways Direct Flight connecting Doha and AlUla

AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 2024:  The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) announced today the official inauguration of direct flights between Doha and AlUla by Qatar Airways. The ceremony was presided over by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, the Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, in the esteemed presence of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, the Minister of Culture of the State of Qatar.   Commenting on the inauguration of direct flights to AlUla from Doha, HH. Prince Badr Bin Abdullah stated, "The inauguration of the direct flight route between Doha and AlUla underscores the ongoing commitment to collaborative efforts between brotherly nations, fostering stronger ties through advanced ......read more

MATAR Completes Sixth Full-Scale Emergency Exercise at Hamad International Airport

10 January, 2024 Doha Qatar: MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management successfully concluded its sixth full-scale emergency exercise for Hamad International Airport (DOH) titled ‘Emergency Exercise Oryx Kilo 2023’ on the 8th of January 2024. The full-scale exercise evaluated the effectiveness of external agencies’ response in accessing the new western development area and the communication processes, procedures and methods in working with valued partners, stakeholders and government agencies. It consisted of over 500 personnel, including volunteers from various agencies and departments.  The exercise which aimed to test the airport’s preparedness to respond to an incident was completed in cooperation with government agencies, partners, and stakeholders, including Qatar Airways Group, ......read more

Hamad International Airport Ready to Welcome Fans for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 TM

27 December 2023 - Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar's renowned aviation hub, stands poised to welcome visitors from around the globe, as Qatar hosts the prestigious 18th edition of AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023TM. Set to take place from January 12 to February 10, 2024, the tournament will see twenty-four of the continent's top teams competing in 51 matches across Qatar's state-of-the-art stadiums. Drawing from the lessons and expertise gained during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 TM, the airport has meticulously planned its operations to ensure a seamless arrival experience for visitors entering the vibrant city of Doha. The comprehensive preparation includes seamless coordination and communication among all stakeholders ensuring optimal service delivery. Extensive collaboration with transport providers ......read more

Hamad International Airport Awarded Best Airport in the Middle East for Seventh Consecutive Year by Global Traveler

19 December 2023:  Global Traveler's 20th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards has once again crowned Hamad International Airport (DOH) with the distinguished title of “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive seventh consecutive year.  Recognized as a prestigious accolade in the realm of business travel, this award underscores the airport's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and an airport experience tailored to passengers' needs. In the realm of travel preferences, Global Traveler, for its 20th consecutive year, sought the opinions of its esteemed readers to determine their favorite travel products and experiences. The awards are sought-after, highly respected and an unbiased reflection of the best in travel as they are based solely on reader ......read more

IATA Rolls Out New Timatic Product to Support Contactless Travel and Enhance Customer Experience

17 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has rolled out the next generation travel documentation and verification system which supports contactless travel and enhances the passenger experience. To achieve this, Timatic has undergone a complete redesign, setting a new benchmark in travel compliance solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, Timatic AutoCheck offers a streamlined and interactive experience enabling travelers, airlines and travel professionals to easily access accurate and clearly worded immigration information. The entire document checking process has been automated with tailored instructions for each passenger.   With passenger traffic set to double by 2040, the optimization and enhancement of airport processes will need to continue. Verifying passengers’ travel ......read more

Iberia Inaugurates Its Daily Flights to Doha, Qatar, A Milestone in International Connectivity

• With this new route, the Community of Madrid, the Madrid City Council and Madrid Turismo by IFEMA Madrid show their commitment to making Madrid a gateway to Asia from Spain and Europe, with an estimated economic impact of €55 million in the first year   • Iberia and Qatar Airways jointly offer customers three daily flights between the Spanish and Qatari capital cities, further strengthening the long-standing cooperation between IAG, Iberia's parent company, and the Qatar Airways Group.     December 11th 2023, marked a milestone for global connectivity, with the launch of Iberia’s direct flights to Doha, Qatar. The flight, IB6701, took off from Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) at 08:30 that morning with 270 passengers on board, and landed at the hub of Qatar Airways, Hamad International ......read more

Qatar Airways Touches Down in Tabuk, Its 10th Destination in Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways currently operates more than 125 weekly flights across 10 Saudi gateways, showcasing steadfast commitment to enhancing connectivity in Saudi Arabia Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways, the Best Airline in the Middle East, has landed its inaugural flight in Tabuk, on Thursday, 14 December, marking it as its10th gateway in Saudi Arabia. The new direct service will be operated by an Airbus A320, with two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday. In addition to reinforcing Qatar Airways’ position in the Saudi Market, the launch of this new route is poised to deepen economic and cultural bonds between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as the airline expands its comprehensive network to cover 10 cities in the Kingdom including AlUla, Dammam, Gassim, Jeddah, Medina, Neom, Riyadh, Tabuk, Taif, and Yanbu.  The national carrier ......read more

Qatar Tourism Hosts the 26th Session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism

His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al-Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, inaugurated the 26th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism, today at Doha Sheraton, in the presence of a group of Arab ministers.  During his opening speech, His Excellency Mr. Saad, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, emphasized that the ministerial meeting is taking place this year while hearts bleed for our brothers in occupied Palestine who are facing war crimes.  HE. Mr. Saad bin Ali Al-Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, stated that Qatar has become a distinctive tourist destination with a rich record in hosting and organizing major international events and championships. The number of tourists this year has exceeded 3 million visitors from all over the world.

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Our Habitas Announces Strategic Partnership with Qatar Airways to Create a Journey through Qatar, a New Circuit of Hotels to Discover the Country

 THE FIRST BEACH RESORT IN RAS ABROUQ WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2024 ON THE WEST COAST IN A UNESCO SITE December 2023 - In partnership with Qatar Airways, Our Habitas will open a new home in January 2024 in Ras Abrouq, bordering a UNESCO protected site on Qatar’s west coast. The opening marks the first Our Habitas home in Qatar and will form part of a new multi-destination hotel circuit in the region, allowing for a deeper discovery of the culture, history, diverse nature and people. Our Habitas Ras Abrouq, is the hospitality leader’s second hotel in the Middle East, following its regional debut of an award-winning hotel in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. The Qatar Airways partnership comes off the back of Our Habitas’s recent announcement of its forthcoming three properties in Leyja, NEOM Saudi Arabia.  The new Our ......read more

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive is Elected a Member of the Board of Governors at the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Engr. Badr Al-Meer is also announced as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO)  12 December 2023 DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer has been elected to the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors.  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 320 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry where it advocates for the interests of airlines across the globe.  Engr. Badr Al-Meer will be able to support the association in shaping the future growth of safe, secure and sustainable air transport, working with members to connect and enrich ......read more

Qatar Airways Touches Down in Yanbu, Its Eighth Connection in Saudi Arabia

The National Carrier of the State of Qatar resumes Yanbu route, showcasing its ongoing commitment to the Saudi market with over 120 weekly flight to eight cities in the Kingdom Qatar Airways, the multiple award-winning airline, has landed today its first resumption flight at Yanbu, the airlines’ eighth connection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The non-stop service will operate two weekly flights on Wednesday and Sunday. To mark the resumed operations, passengers onboard the aircraft received special menu cards with exclusive design that reflects the distinctiveness of the occasion. Upon touchdown at Prince Abdul Mohsin bin Abdulaziz International Airport, water cannons saluted Qatar Airways flight QR1216 with showers of affection, signifying the renewed connection between Yanbu and Doha. Qatar Airways Group Chief ......read more

Dronamics and Qatar Airways Cargo Sign World's First Cargo Drone Interline Agreement

Dronamics, the world's first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, and Qatar Airways Cargo, the world's largest international cargo carrier, announced today an interline agreement. The partnership marks the first interline agreement between an international airline and a cargo drone airline.    The interline agreement allows the extension of the delivery networks of both partners, significantly increasing their reach as well as providing access to areas previously hard to reach by traditional air freight. Through the agreement, Dronamics can offer cargo services from any of its droneports, initially in Greece, to the wider Qatar Airways Cargo network - including destinations such as Singapore, China, including Hong Kong, and the United States (JFK). Qatar Airways Cargo is able to access remote ......read more

Visit Qatar Launches All-New ‘Hayyakum Qatar' Destination Campaign

The exciting campaign highlights Qatar’s warm hospitality and invites GCC nationals and residents to experience Qatar’s world-class destinations and attractions   Visit Qatar has launched a brand-new destination campaign that showcases Qatar’s diverse attractions and invites GCC nationals and residents to experience Qatar this winter season.    The ‘Hayyakum Qatar’ destination campaign has been launched Out-of-Home and on social media platforms. The campaign highlights four main angles, each of which is reflected by images of specific destinations or events. The campaign humorously tracks a family visiting from the region as they explore what Qatar has to offer and celebrates the experience with the messages: Here’s to Your Joy, Here’s to Your Gatherings, Here’s to Your ......read more

Hamad International Airport Marks One Year Since the Opening of “ORCHARD”

6,000 square meters with over 65 world-renowned retail and exclusive hospitality Doha, Qatar: In November 2022, Hamad International Airport unveiled Phase A of its expansion plan, consisting of nine projects, including the much-anticipated indoor tropical garden, ORCHARD. Designed to go above and beyond ‘stress-free’ travelling, the latest installation of the airport’s infrastructure was set to create a space to relax, rejuvenate and recharge.  With a customer first approach, Hamad International Airport ensures it caters to all passengers that travel through its facility, whether for business, travelling as a family or the solo traveler, the airport offers a unique journey where waiting doesn’t feel like waiting and where new possibilities start. Nestled at the heart of the world-class airport, ......read more

Hospitable St. Petersburg Invites Tourists from the Middle East

St. Petersburg attracts travelers from all over the world with its amazing architectural monuments and unique appearance. It will definitely impress guests from Qatar with an exciting and informative tour devoted to the history and culture of this great city. Rich tourist and excursion programs, famous museums, historical sites, cozy hotels, restaurants with original local cuisine and unforgettable impressions are waiting for guests. St. Petersburg can rightfully be called the center of cultural and educational tourism. The city on the Neva River is a home to about nine thousand objects of cultural heritage, palaces, cathedrals, monuments, as well as more than 800 largest museums, theaters, libraries, exhibitions and concert halls, which are just impossible to be covered in a single trip. The main museum of the city is the State ......read more

Qatar Airways Selects SITA to Transform Network Infrastructure

SITA Secure SD-WAN will enhance connectivity, security, and operational efficiency across Qatar Airways' international offices and destinations   DOHA – 22 November 2023 – Qatar Airways has partnered with SITA to transform the airline's global network infrastructure with state-of-the-art secure access service edge (SASE) solutions that boost connectivity, operational efficiency, and security.    As part of the transformation SITA will deploy its Secure SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network), SITA Connect Go, which offers agile, scalable, and secure access to airline systems and applications by connecting infrastructure outstations and airports, to Qatar Airways’ hybrid cloud infrastructure, and to the airline’s partner systems.    Qatar Airways is among the ......read more

Qatar Travel Mart 2023 to Host Over 60 Countries and Welcome More Than 9,000 Visitors

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Qatar Tourism is proud to be the strategic partner of the upcoming Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2023.  Taking place at the expansive halls of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), from November 20 – 22, under the theme 'Exploring Places, Peoples, and Cultures,’ this year’s edition will showcase to global tourism stakeholders the latest trends in the industry and the future of travel.  Set to welcome participants from over 60 countries, alongside 100 hosted buyers and more than 9,000 visitors, QTM will enable participants to forge new connections, tap into emerging opportunities and reconnect with established relationships in the travel and ......read more

Hamad International Airport Receives ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification Extension by BSI

14 November 2023 - Doha, Qatar: MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airport Operation and Management announced that Hamad International Airport (DOH) has received a certification extension from British Standards Institution (BSI), reaffirming the airport’s commitment to setting industry standards towards environmental sustainability and stewardship. The ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certificate was achieved after successfully completing the audit. The ISO 14001:2015 certificate identifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can utilize to enhance its performance. Retaining this global recognition is a testament to Hamad International Airport’s environmental sustainability goals towards waste management, minimising the consumption of natural resources and mitigating climate ......read more

Qatar Tourism Awards 2023 Winners Revealed

Today, Qatar Tourism unveiled the winners of the Qatar Tourism Awards 2023, a new initiative aimed at recognising the very best in the industry.  The winners of the inaugural edition of the awards were announced at a ceremony that took place at Raffles Doha, attended by His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, and Ms. Basmah Al-Mayman, Regional Director of UNTWO.    Developed in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Qatar Tourism Awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the remarkable contributions made by businesses that continually achieve excellence in customer service delivery.    In his opening remarks, His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “Qatar's tourism sector has ......read more

Qatar Airways Partners with United for Wildlife

Qatar Airways becomes the Official Airline Partner for The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife programme   Qatar Airways today announces its commitment as the Official Airline Partner of United for Wildlife (UfW), an initiative working to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and protect endangered species, founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 2014. This prestigious partnership underscores Qatar Airways’ unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation. Qatar Airways and United for Wildlife will pursue campaigns around their shared mission to fight the illegal wildlife trade and advance the work of the United for Wildlife Regional Chapters.    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “The illegal and unsustainable ......read more

AlUla Expands Global Connectivity as Qatar Airways Launches New Flight to Ancient City

• From 29 October, the prestigious airline commences operations to AlUla with a direct flight from Doha unlocking increased accessibility to the city’s treasures • Travellers can also connect to AlUla via direct domestic routes via Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, and internationally from Dubai all year round   AlUla, the ancient oasis city in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, will now be more easily accessible to global travellers than ever before through the launch of Qatar Airways’ new direct route from Doha.   With tickets on sale now, the prestigious airline commenced operations to AlUla on 29 October, unlocking access to the city and inviting global explorers to immerse themselves in its natural marvels, vibrant calendar of year-round events, and an array of luxurious hospitality options. ......read more

Hamad International Airport Reports 26.84% increase in Passenger Traffic During the Third Quarter of 2023

The airport served 220 destinations  29 October 2023 - Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) maintains its performance through Q3 of 2023, reporting a substantial 26.84% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year. This achievement builds upon a display of consistent growth, with a 44.5% increase in Q1 and a 24% increase in Q2.  During Q3, Hamad International Airport welcomed a total of 12,706,475 passengers –with 4,305,391 passengers in July, 4,398,427 passengers in August and 4,002,657 passengers in September.  The airport's skies also bustled with activity as it reported 67,285 aircraft movements within this period, which is a 24.48% increase compared to the previous year. It had 22,598 aircraft movements in the month of July, 22,909 in August and 21,778 in ......read more

Qatar Airways Group Announces Appointment of New Group Chief Executive

Qatar Airways Group confirms after 27 years of remarkable service, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive - His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker will be stepping down from his current position as Group Chief Executive Officer effective November 5th, 2023, and will be succeeded by Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways.     Under H.E Mr. Akbar Al Baker leadership, Qatar Airways has grown to become one of the most recognisable and trusted brands globally, synonymous with customer service quality and the highest of standards. The National Carrier of the State of Qatar achieved an unprecedented seven-time winner of the “World Best Airline” award and its state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, which is under its management and operation, has also been recognised as the World Best ......read more

Hamad International Airport has received recertification to ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Systems by BSI

The airport sustains its commitment towards operational excellence and resilience 11 October 2023 Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has retained its commitment to setting an industry benchmark for business continuity and providing exceptional operational services to passengers and stakeholders. The airport received recertification to ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Systems from BSI (British Standards Institution), which showcases Hamad International Airport’s testament to safeguarding its business, commercial stakeholders and passengers from global threats and disruptions.  The ISO 22301:2019 Business Continuity Management Systems certification is a highly regarded global accolade, which Hamad International Airport obtained in 2020, demonstrating the airport’s resilient and robust business ......read more

Passenger Demand Recovery Continues in August

5 October 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the strong post-pandemic passenger traffic trend continued in August.  • Total traffic in August 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 28.4% compared to August 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 95.7% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic for August rose 25.4% versus August 2022 and was 9.2% above the August 2019 results. This is largely driven by Chinese domestic demand. • International traffic climbed 30.4% compared to the same month a year ago. All markets saw double-digit percentage gains year on year. International RPKs reached 88.5% of August 2019 levels. “Demand for air travel performed well in August. For the year to date, international traffic has increased by 50% versus last year ......read more

IATA Secures More Data Contributors for CO2 Connect

05 October 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be adding further airlines and airline groups as data contributors to its CO2 Connect emissions calculator, hence improving the quality and accuracy of the tool. Respective agreements were signed with Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Baltic, LATAM Airlines Group, Luxair and Nile Air during the first World Sustainability Symposium held on 3-4 October 2023 in Madrid, Spain.   “Accessing the most accurate operational data is key to achieving global consistency and alignment in CO2 emissions calculations. Expanding this data pool is essential in providing greater transparency and coherence to passengers and stakeholders alike. This allows for more informed CO2 compensation choices while supporting ESG reporting. In continuously expanding our data ......read more

Qatar Airways Expands Its Presence in Saudi Arabia With the Opening of Two New Gateways: Al Ula, Tabuk and The Reopening of Yanbu

Qatar Airways Expands Its Presence in Saudi Arabia With the Opening of Two New Gateways: Al Ula, Tabuk and The Reopening of Yanbu The national carrier now operates over 125 weekly flights to nine cities in Saudi Arabia, solidifying its presence in the region. 05 October 2023  Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways, the World’s Best Airline, is proud to announce its expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the launch of services of two new gateways: Al Ula, Tabuk and the reopening of Yanbu. These additions to the airline's rapidly growing network mark a significant milestone in Qatar Airways' commitment to connecting travellers across the globe. Effective 29 October 2023, Qatar Airways will commence operations to AlUla, followed by Yanbu on 06 December 2023, and Tabuk on 14 December 2023. These new routes ......read more

Qatar Tourism Forges Strategic Partnerships and Alliances on UNWTO World Tourism Day 2023

• Qatar Tourism leads delegation at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, meeting with dignitaries from seven nations including Turkey, Jordan, Spain, China and Uzbekistan. • Qatar Tourism signs MoU with leading Saudi tour operators Al Mosafer and Al Matar to promote Qatar as leisure tourism destination.   On World Tourism Day (September 27) by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Qatar Tourism lead a strong delegation at this year’s host city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, participating in numerous discussions with regional tourism ministers and dignitaries to discuss the rapid development taking place across Qatar’s tourism sector.   As part of the event, Qatar Tourism signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with leading Saudi tour operators, Al Matar and Al Mosafer, to promote Qatar as a ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo Announces New Partnership with Xiamen Airlines

First Chinese airline to operate non-stop flights between Mainland China and Qatar.   Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce a new partnership with Xiamen Airlines, the first Chinese airline to operate passenger non-stop flights from Mainland China to Qatar. The new partnership will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to provide additional belly cargo capacity for customers to and from Mainland China. Under the cooperation agreement, Xiamen Airlines will launch daily flights between Beijing’s Daxing International Airport (PKX) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport. The flights will commence on 20 October 2023.  In addition to the flights from Beijing, Xiamen Airlines will also launch two weekly flights from Xiamen (XMN), the special economic zone of Fujian Sheng province, to Doha, commencing 31 October ......read more

Hamad International Airport Ranked Second across Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region in ACI APAC & MID Airport Connectivity Index

19 September 2023 Doha, Qatar: According to the latest Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific and Middle East (ACI APAC & MID) Airport Connectivity Index 2023, Hamad International Airport has been ranked second in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region for total connectivity. This exceptional accomplishment underscores Hamad International Airport's unwavering commitment to providing exceptional connectivity for travelers worldwide. As one of the fastest-growing aviation markets concerning air connectivity relative to its population, the airport plays a pivotal role in nurturing global connections. Developed in partnership with PwC, the ACI APAC & MID Airport Connectivity Report measures passengers’ ability to access global air transport network, capturing both direct and indirect routes also factoring in ......read more

Qatar Airways Receives Best Business Class by Business Traveller, Wins Three More Awards

Qatar Airways wins Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class, Best Middle Eastern Airline, and Best Inflight Food and Beverage Hamad International Airport in Qatar named Best Airport in the Middle East 15 September, 2023:  Multi-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways, has triumphed in four categories at this year’s Business Traveller Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to be recognised for its excellence on a global scale, being awarded Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class, Best Middle Eastern Airline, and Best Inflight Food & Beverage by Business Traveller. The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has also been named Best Airport in the Middle East, and the Second-Best Airport in the World. The prestigious ......read more

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Qatar Welcomes Visitors Over Long Weekend with Showstopping Performances and Exciting Offers…

• On September 21 and September 23, Qatar will present a packed schedule of events with music performances by the region’s most popular artists. • Visitors will be greeted at Hamad International Airport and the Abu Samra land border with offers from Qatar’s leading hotels, entertainment, retail, and dining venues.    With visitor numbers to Qatar this year ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo Partners with DSV to Launch New Route from Huntsville…

Qatar Airways Cargo has partnered with DSV Global Transportation and Logistics to launch a new route from Huntsville, USA, increasing access to Europe, Middle East and beyond.   Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier has launched biweekly freighter flights from Huntsville, USA to Doha, Qatar in conjunction with DSV as part of a strategic partnership, enhancing ......read more

Hamad International Airport Partners with Atos and Royal Schiphol Group to Implement Digital ...…

The partnership underscores the airport’s plans to introduce new digital solutions at every touchpoint 5 September 2023:  Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH), in partnership with Atos and Royal Schiphol Group, introduces Passenger Digital Assistance Kiosks to enable seamless journeys for travellers. The kiosks will provide easy access to information, assist in ......read more

Qatar Airways Cargo Launches SecureLift: A Solution for Valuable and Vulnerable Shipments…

SecureLift is designed to offer optimum protection and secure storage for high-value and vulnerable shipments.   Qatar Airways Cargo today announced the launch of its special product SecureLift under its VISION 2027 and Next Generation strategy. SecureLift marks a significant milestone for Qatar Airways Cargo, as it allocates dedicated resources to cater to the specialised needs of ......read more

QRDI Council Launches Three New Innovation Opportunities in Partnership with MATAR to Address ...…

Innovating for a Better Future: Three Initial Pioneering Challenges Launched to Transform Airports, Asset Intensive Industries, and Customer Experience. Doha, Qatar, August 29, 2023: The Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council’s flagship program, Qatar Open Innovation (QOI), has recently announced three Innovation Opportunities in collaboration with ......read more

Qatar Airways Ramps Up Excitement for Expo 2023 Doha…

Complimentary entry included with all Stopover Packages booked through Discover Qatar Experience the country’s finest with Qatar Airways at Expo 2023 Doha: A Celebration of Green Innovation and Cultural Immersion 24 August 2023  DOHA, Qatar – As the global anticipation for Expo 2023 Doha rises, Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is proud to announce ......read more

Hamad International Airport Drives Global Collaboration for Data Innovation in Airports…

14 August 2023 / Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has taken a leading role in fostering collaboration among top airports worldwide, resulting in the production of an industry handbook known as the Smart Data Hub (SDH). Released under the patronage of Airport Council International (ACI), and the stewardship of ACI’s World Airports IT Standing Committee (WAITSC), this ......read more

Qatar Tourism Releases Exciting Summer Schedule of Events in Latest Edition of Qatar Calendar…

Diverse range of activities and offers guarantees the ultimate summer season in Qatar Qatar Tourism has unveiled the latest edition of its tourism guide, Qatar Calendar, showcasing a fun-filled lineup of events, offers, and activities taking place over the summer months in Qatar.   From enriching cultural experiences to adrenaline-pumping adventures and activities to keep the ......read more

Hamad International Airport Announces the Relaunch of Premium Valet Parking Services with Value ...…

1 August 2023, Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has announced it has relaunched its convenient premium valet parking services, now offering even greater value-added benefits to its ever-growing number of passengers. The service, available at the departure curbside near gate 1, is limited to those staying for a minimum of one day.   In addition to securely parking vehicles ......read more

Hamad International Airport achieves Airports Council International's Accessibility Enhancement ...…

31 July 2023 Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has proudly received the Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) World. Introduced in August 2022, the accreditation program focuses on improving accessibility, ensures equitable customer experiences and promotes a more inclusive environment in the airport industry.  Hamad International ......read more

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