Qatar Airways has broadened its network in India with the recent launch of daily non-stop passenger service from Qatar’s capital Doha to Kolkata.
According to Qatar Airways, the new service provides U.S. travelers flying from New York, Houston, or Washington, D.C. with convenient connections at Doha to the West Bengal city.
Qatar Airways operated its inaugural flight to Kolkata on July 28. The aircraft arrived at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to be welcomed by a water-cannon salute following a five-hour flight from Doha.
The carrier now operates 95 flights a week to India, offering North American customers a seamless travel experience to 12 Indian cities.
“Introduction of our latest destination has been well timed to coincide with the busy holiday season as families travel to and from India, one of our most important markets,” said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways.
“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,” added Al Baker.
Home to a rich mix of creeds and cultures, Kolkata boasts colonial buildings, monuments and elegant buildings and is India’s third-largest city with a metropolis population of more than 15 million people.
Qatar Airways’ other India destinations include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Cochin, Kozhikode, Goa, Amritsar and Bengaluru (Bangalore).
Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year 2011 by global industry audit Skytrax and now flies to more than 100 business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and South America with a fleet of 98 aircraft.
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve more than 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of more than 120 aircraft.