CopenhagenQatar Airways embarked on the second leg of its 2010 expansion programme with the launch of flights to Denmark and further strengthening its operations in Scandinavia.

With four-flights-a-week on the route, Qatar Airways offers an excellent alternative gateway to Scandinavia, as well as great connections via Doha to an exciting range of business and leisure destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and South Asia.

The new launch, together with the introduction last Sunday of additional capacity on the Doha – Stockholm route, reinforces Qatar Airways’ position as the only Gulf carrier currently flying to Scandinavia.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: ”Flight to Copenhagen marks a significant expansion to Scandinavia for Qatar Airways with the launch of our newest route to this part of the world.

”The introduction of flights to Copenhagen opens up a brand new opportunity for business and leisure travellers from Denmark and the surrounding Nordic countries to the Middle East and beyond.

“Qatar Airways offers one of the fastest journey times from Copenhagen via Doha to the Middle East, to 11 destinations in India and many cities across Asia Pacific, including Bangkok, Hong Kong , Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka, Singapore , Maldives and Melbourne.

”Similarly, we are opening up a new European gateway for travellers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia to this vibrant, historic city of Copenhagen in Northern Europe.

”The new route also further strengthens our position as the only Gulf carrier to Scandinavia. Only two days ago, Qatar Airways increased capacity to the Swedish capital Stockholm from four-flights-a-week to daily.”

Added Al Baker: “With 11 flights a week now operating to Scandinavia, this reflects the high demand we have been experiencing in and out of the region, helped by increased economic ties between the Middle East and Scandinavia.

Copenhagen is one of Qatar Airways’ seven new routes for 2010.

In February, the airline launched daily flights to India’s IT capital city Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore. Ankara comes online on April 5; Tokyo services begin on April 26, complementing the airline’s existing flights to the Japanese city of Osaka; and the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona will be added on June 7.

A highlight for Qatar Airways will be the expansion into South America this summer – completing the airline’s global jigsaw through the addition of another continent to its international route map.

Beginning June 24, Qatar Airways will serve the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires with daily scheduled flights direct from Doha.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 81 aircraft to 86 diverse cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia and North America.

The Doha – Copenhagen flight schedules (all times local) are:

Depart Doha International Airport
QR097 TUES, SAT at 0120hrs, arrive in Copenhagen at 0705hrs
QR085 FRI, SUN at 0800hrs, arrive in Copenhagen at 1345hrs

Depart Copenhagen International Airport
QR098 TUES, SAT 1205hrs, arrive in Doha at 1920hrs
QR086 FRI, SUN at 1620hrs, arrive in Doha at 2335hrs