To celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways’ new direct service to Gothenburg, Sweden, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar al-Baker, hosted a press conference at the Clarion Post Hotel in Gothenburg on Tuesday.
Al-Baker highlighted "the award-winning airline’s robust expansion plans, as well as its commitment to bringing more visitors to Sweden and to connecting Gothenburg to its extensive global network" via Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha.
Al-Baker said, “We are tremendously pleased to launch our new direct service to Gothenburg, our second gateway into Sweden. Gothenburg is both an important business centre and a growing tourist destination which is becoming increasingly popular with visitors.
“This new gateway will offer our Swedish passengers even more convenience and enhanced connectivity to an extensive choice of destinations on our global route network. We invite all to experience the unique charm of Gothenburg, and look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”
Swedavia president and CEO Jonas Abrahamsson said, “Sweden is Scandinavia’s largest economy and one of Europe’s strongest. New direct routes are an important contributing factor, as improved market connectivity is crucial for Sweden´s tourism, businesses, ability to attract investments and exchange of knowledge.
"We are very pleased to welcome Qatar Airways to Gothenburg, its second gateway into Stockholm. We are also delighted that in five years, Qatar Airways has doubled traffic on the direct route between Doha and Stockholm, significantly increasing connectivity between Sweden and the rest of the world.”
Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, is set to grow by almost a third by the end of 2035. It is an important industrial and business centre, with the largest port in the Nordic countries.
As one of the world's leading international air cargo carriers, Qatar Airways Cargo already has a large presence in the Nordics region, operating belly-hold flights to and from Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, along with four weekly freighters from Oslo.
Qatar Airways’ five weekly flights to Gothenburg are served with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, HIA to more than 160 destinations worldwide.