Qatar Airways has announced ambitious expansion plans for 2018-2019, which would include new destinations in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam.


At the recent ITB Berlin Travel Fair, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced during a press conference that the Doha-based carrier would launch flights to 16 new destinations between this year and 2019. Among the new destinations planned for the new year will be a return to Cebu, as well as the addition of Davao in the Philippines. Qatar Airways would also add Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.


If started, Cebu and Davao would bring the number of destinations for Qatar Airways in the Philippines to four. Qatar Airways currently has flights from its base in Doha to both Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport and Clark. The airline previously had flights to Cebu via Singapore which was ended in 2012.


As part of the overall expansion in Asia, the airline plans to add flights to popular tourist destinations in Langkawi in Malaysia and Da Nang in Vietnam. Other destinations which could see service increases include the Maldives, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh.


In addition to the four new destinations in Asia, Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include London Gatwick, United Kingdom; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Lisbon, Portugal; Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay, Turkey; Mykonos and Thessaloniki, Greece; and Málaga, Spain.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is tremendously excited to announce further expansion with a significant number of new destinations to be added to our extensive global network throughout 2018 and 2019. This is a direct reflection of our commitment to connecting travellers across all corners of the world in a way that is meaningful and convenient to them. We are committed to continuing our ambitious growth strategy, in order to be able to provide our passengers with as much choice as possible and to take them anywhere in the world they wish to go.”


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