Thursday, June 02, 2022

After 2 yrs’ gap, Qatar Airways flight to take off from city today

Nagpur: Yet another international airline is resuming its services from the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here. From Thursday, Qatar Airways will be restarting its flights on Doha-Nagpur-Doha sector after keeping the operations closed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Air-Arabia restarted its flight on the Sharjah-Nagpur sector a few months ago.

“It is big news for the Nagpur airport. After the success of Air-Arabia on Sharjah-Nagpur sector, we kept working hard for the new foreign airlines and now Qatar Airways have confirmed that from June 2, it will start its regular services to Doha. Huge thumbs up for Nagpur. Hard work pays,” tweeted Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) Limited managing director Deepak Kapoor on Wednesday.

Though Kapoor didn’t pick up repeated calls from TOI, officials from the airport said that the Qatar Airways flight would depart from here on four days a week. “It would be operating Airbus A-320 having capacity to fly 144 passengers. It would also be offering business class travel. Passengers, particularly those touring western countries, would be immensely benefited as the flight would connect over 150 destinations from Doha’s Hamid International Airport,” the officials said and added that Air Arabia operated a 180-seater flight having all economy seats.

Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, started its services from the city in January 2008 but closed it in May 2009 due to poor response. It resumed services in December 2015 and received good response. The operations were shut in 2020 after the pandemic hit the world. It also closed its office in the city in February last year and reduced the staff, as per the airport officials.

02/06/22 Vaibhav Ganjapure/Times of India

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