The national carrier of Qatar reaches further into Central and South America.
Qatar Airways is deepening its relationship with oneworld, the airline alliance it joined in October 2013, by expanding its codeshare partnership with Iberia.
The two airlines are offering Iberia passengers increased connectivity to destinations across the Middle East and Asia, as well as providing extra accessibility for Qatar Airways passengers to key destinations across Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Panama.
The Qatar Airways code QR will now be applied to routes operated by Iberia from Madrid to Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, Montevideo and Santo Domingo. The airline flies double daily from Doha direct to Madrid and from July this will increase to 17 times weekly.
The enhanced partnership will also benefit members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programmes – Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Iberia Plus – as well as give passengers increased accessibility to lounges at Qatar Airways’ hub Hamad International Airport and Iberia’s hub at Madrid Airport Terminal 4.
“Expanding the codeshare partnership with Iberia was a natural progression based on our customers’ mutual desire for additional destinations across both networks, as well as our membership in the oneworld alliance,” explained Qatar Airways Group’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.
Key growth area
“Latin America is a key area of growth for us, and we are delighted to be able to provide access to these new, fast-growing cities for our valued passengers from Qatar, the wider Middle East, South Asia and beyond with seamless connectivity,” the CEO added.
As previously reported, the national carrier of Qatar is set to launch a range of new destinations in 2018-19, including London Gatwick and Cardiff in the UK, Tallinn in Estonia and destinations in the Mediterranean and in Asia.