Qatar Airways to launch flights from Cardiff Airport


Qatar Airways is to launch a daily flight from Cardiff Airport to its hub in Doha, Qatar, in 2018.

The airline has seen "some decline" in passenger demand on US routes, but he said this was manageable.

The State-owned Qatar joins worldwide carriers such as Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and RwandAir which now fly directly into the coastal city of Mombasa.

Qatar Airways has delayed plans to start flights to Las Vegas until the second quarter 2018, from the first quarter of that year, "mainly due to technical reasons", he said. A Qatar spokesman declined to provide details on the delay in an email to Travel Weekly.

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Qatar Airways signed a contract with Inmarsat following the successful conclusion of active performance trials across its fleet over the past year, which proved that the tracking system exceeds the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s new flight reporting standards.

According to The Associated Press, al-Baker acknowledged that President Donald Trump's travel bans are impacting flights to the USA but only to a small extent.

Qatar Airways Country Manager of UAE, Rohan Seneviratne, received the awards on behalf of the airline, which added to the worldwide recognition and the growing list of awards that the carrier has received.

The build-up to the Qatar Airways press conference at Dubai's Arabian Travel Market on Monday was breathless: "We have multiple announcements, get ready for headlines", the compere instructed.

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"I sincerely thank H.E., Mr. Akbar Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us".

"We didn't have massive declines like other carriers", al-Baker said.

Al Baker said USA flights are about 75 percent full, or half a percentage point less since the laptop ban was implemented.

A pressure group called The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies - which includes American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines - said the planned San Francisco expansion represents "another subsidized route into the United States". He also expressed confidence in President Donald Trump's policies, saying he is "a very wise individual and a very good businessman".

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The airline, he said, also has plans to apply with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund for a license to operate a new domestic Indian carrier.