Qatar Airways has decided to launch direct flights to the Turkish city of Hatay, the airline’s fifth destination in Turkey. The new three-times-weekly route will be served by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
Hatay, also known as Antakya, was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire and is known for its well-preserved ancient Roman mosaics and its traditional products including olive oil soap, fine silk and delicious local cuisine.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this new route, which reflects the close relationship between Qatar and Turkey. And Turkey itself is continuing to grow in popularity with our passengers for both business and leisure purposes, attracting travelers who wish to enjoy its rich culture. We are delighted to offer yet another gateway into this spectacular country, and to provide even more choice to our passengers who wish to experience all that Turkey has to offer.”
Currently, the airline operates direct flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport three times daily, to Istanbul Ataturk Airport ten times weekly, to Adana Sakirpasa Airport three times weekly and a daily service to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.
The airline is on an aggressive expansion plan and has launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting new destinations for 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Cardiff, United Kingdom and Thessaloniki, Greece, to name just a few.