Gatwick Airport loses Qatar flights

Gatwick Airport loses Qatar flightsGatwick Airport will no longer offer flights with Qatar Airways from this summer after the company stopped its service due to commercial considerations.

After seven years of operating from the travel hub, Qatar Airways will cease to do so from June 1st this year.

Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, said: "We are extremely sad to be losing London Gatwick from our network after serving the route for the past seven years."

However, he added that a review carried out over the past few months showed that the route could not be "sustained", as business class travellers were not using the passage in large enough numbers.

Despite this, the airline is aiming to launch more flights from Manchester Airport to Doha, running a second daily flight to the north-west facility from June 1st 2011.

When the airline leaves Gatwick Airport, its remaining flights to long-haul destinations in the east will be operated by Emirates.
 

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