Qatar Airways starts double daily services to Gatwick

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Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to London’s Gatwick Airport has touched down, making it the airline’s sixth gateway into the UK and the second one for London.

The double daily service is operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and for the summer, Qatar Airways will operate 95 flights to the UK a week, with six a day to London Heathrow, 16 a week to Gatwick and Manchester, daily flights to Cardiff and Edinburgh and seven a week to Birmingham.

The first flight, QR327 departs Doha at 08.30h and arrives in London at 13.30h, with the second service, QR329 leaving Doha at 02.10h and landing at 07.10h.

Between 15 June and 29 September there will be additional flights on Fridays and Saturdays, with QR331 departing Doha at 15.00h and arriving in London at 20.00h.

Flight QR328 will leave Gatwick at 15.25h, arriving in Doha at 00.05h, followed by flight number QR330 at 09.00h, which arrives at 17.40h.

They will be joined by QR332 departing at 21.30h and arriving at 06.10h on Fridays and Saturdays between 15 June and 29 September.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker says: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in both London and throughout the U.K. Earlier this month, we launched direct flights to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, clearly demonstrating our continued commitment to this market.

“We are very proud of our strong and extensive trade ties with the U.K. and look forward to offering our loyal passengers the chance to explore the newest and most exciting destinations within our global network.”

Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate adds: “This new route strengthens Gatwick’s growing long-haul network, which has more than 60 routes and we hope to grow it further still in coming months.”