London Gatwick was a former destination for Qatar Airways. It is pleasing to add back to their daily roster of UK flights. From the 20th August the number of flights operating between the UK and Doha now total 45. A tremendous boost to the global UK network of flights worldwide. With Qatar being a strong transhipment hub this moves strengthens air cargo capacity worldwide. Doha has excellent links to Asia/Australia and Africa.
Qatar Airways UK Flights :
- Edinburgh ( 3 x weekly )
- London Gatwick ( Daily flights )
- London Heathrow ( 3 x Daily flights )
- Manchester ( 2 x Daily flights )
Qatar Airways are proud of their connections to the UK. London Gatwick is a strong gateway to the South-East and strategically provides backup to the problems faced at London Heathrow. With the number of staff laid off at handling agents across the country London Heathrow was hit hard. London Gatwick and Manchester are key gateways. Providing cargo cut-off and Status 1 times way ahead of what London Heathrow can achieve.
Qatar Airways and London Gatwick
Qatar Airways group chief executive, His excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker Said
We are very pleased to resume flights to London Gatwick, further cementing our position as the leading international carrier providing connectivity to the UK. UK passengers can connect seamlessly and safely via the Best Airport in the Middle East to more than 40 destinations across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and South Asia
London Gatwick Airport CEO, Mr Stewart Wingate said
We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways back to Gatwick after what has been a challenging time for the whole industry. To be able to offer Gatwick passengers the opportunity to fly to Doha– a fantastic city in its own right and a gateway to destinations across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand – is another positive step in the recovery process.
All Airports have suffered with flight cancellations and airlines pulling aircraft from routes. Manchester Airport closed terminal two within three months of re-opening giving a good idea of the state of the market. Job numbers in and around the airline industry continue to reduce worldwide and the UK is no exception.
Cargo continues to recover and freight forwarders are reporting more cargo moving in both directions. The choice of aircraft Qatar Airways uses is good. It suits cargo with a mix of B777’s and mid-sized planes. Cargo needs passengers to reduce freight rates. Qatar Airways move to open the London Gatwick route may help encourage those passengers back onto flights.