Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has hosted a press conference at the InterContinental Dublin announcing the airline’s new direct service between Dublin and Doha.
The new service will give the people of Ireland the opportunity to connect to more than 150 destinations on the airline’s global network via its hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport and will provide Qatar Airways Cargo’s customers 80 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each week.
Temperature-controlled products are the major exports out of Ireland and the cargo can offer specialist solutions QR Pharma, for pharmaceuticals and QR Fresh, for perishables.
Al Baker said: “Dublin has long been on our list of destinations to add to our route map, and I am proud that we are here today to celebrate this important milestone in the history of our airline. We are here to serve the people of Ireland with a world-class service connecting them to business and leisure destinations on our global network.
“It is also our pleasure to promote Ireland as a tourism destination to our loyal passengers who have already shown their appetite for Dublin.”
Dublin Airport chief executive Kevin Toland, added: “We want to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new daily route between Dublin and Doha. We welcome tourists from Doha and beyond to enjoy Ireland’s traditions and lively culture.
“There are many great reasons to take a break in Dublin which is a wonderful, vibrant and exciting city. Visitors can explore the city’s exceptional museums, take a cycle around town on the city bikes, or take a walk on cobbled roads. A stunning countryside of mountains, lakes and quaint villages are a short trip away from Dublin for everyone to enjoy.”