New international airlines apply for scheduled Qatar flights during winter: Al-Baker
May 26 2022 10:18 PM
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker: PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker: PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam

New international airlines have already applied for scheduled flights during the winter season to start operating to Doha, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker has said.
He, however, did not name them.
“Wait… and you will get to know. Everyone wants to come,” al-Baker told journalists yesterday.
Speaking to Gulf Times, al-Baker said football fans from countries outside of the GCC will be arriving on both scheduled and charter flights.
“Depending on the capacity of the runway, they will land either at Hamad International or Doha International airports. Some will land at HIA and some at Doha,” he said.
To facilitate entry into Qatar of thousands of overseas football fans, al-Baker said, “Some of Qatar Airways routes to countries not involved in the 32-nation tournament would be halted and others reduced. Qatar Airways would cut flights to destinations that are irrelevant to the FIFA World Cup, so that we could increase flights to countries taking part.”
More than 20,000 fans could come in each day on shuttle flights from neighbouring GCC countries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.
The tournament will be held across eight world-class stadiums which are designed to inspire the various symbols of Qatari and Arab culture.
Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening game with a capacity of 60,000 seats, while Lusail Stadium is set to host the final match of the tournament, with a capacity of 80,000 seats.
The remaining stadiums will house 40,000 spectators. These include: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974 and Al Thumama Stadium.

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