QATAR AIRWAYS PREPARES FOR NEW ALEXANDRIA ROUTE

Qatar Airways schedules new flights to Alexandria on June 9.

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By  Anil Bhoyrul Published  May 31, 2005

Qatar Airways has announced the schedules for its new flights to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria being launched on June 9. The city will be served non-stop three-times-a-week from Qatar Airways’ operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. The route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First and 132 in Economy. Alexandria, one of the oldest cities in Egypt, becomes Qatar Airways’ third Egyptian point to be served from Doha, following the successful route launches of Cairo and Luxor. To celebrate the route launch, Qatar Airways is offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer programme with double Qmiles for the first full month of the new Alexandria flights. As part of its new service, Qatar Airways is also offering a complimentary coach transfer service for passengers between Alexandria and Cairo. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city and main port with an ambience and cultural heritage far different to rest of the country which has more of a Middle East flavour. The city is located around 160 miles from the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is one of the most notable summer resorts in the Middle East and also home to the ancient relics of the underwater city of Cleopatra’s Palace. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline was committed to the Egyptian market, reflected by the launch of its third destination in the country. “Cairo and Luxor have proved to be very important and busy routes for Qatar Airways attracting both business and leisure travellers. “We are now delighted to add Alexandria as our third point in Egypt and serve the growing needs of our passengers, many of whom will be travelling from neighbouring Middle East markets to Egypt, but also from our destinations across Asia and in South Africa,” he added.

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