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From left: Leila Hassan of Qatar Airways; Christian Deresjö, Qatar Airways’ Nordic manager; Charlotte Ljunggren, Göteborg Landvetter director; Simon Newton Smith, Qatar Airways SVP; Nefja Batti of Qatar Airways; Johanna Nord of Swedavia (photo: Sören Andersson, Swedavia)

Qatar Airways gets key to City of Gothenburg

The carrier’s new direct route between Doha and Göteborg Landvetter is considered of great importance to the region.

Qatar Airways has inaugurated its direct route between Doha and Göteborg Landvetter Airport, to be operated five times a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with seating for 254 passengers.

The first arrival was welcomed with a water salute, and at the inaugural ceremony the Key to the City of Gothenburg was awarded to the airline for a route considered to be of great importance to the region.

With Doha as a hub, seven hours’ flight time away, leisure and business travellers in western Sweden will now be able to continue on to the carrier’s 160 destinations worldwide. The flights also mean cargo potential for Swedish export companies.

Each year, about 230,000 people fly from Gothenburg to different destinations in Asia, airport operator Swedavia says, providing Qatar Airways with a large pool of potential customers.

Key of the year
Qatar Airways was awarded the Key to the City of Gothenburg 2018 at the inauguration, for the Year’s Most Interesting International Establishment. The award is given annually to developments considered to be of great importance to the region.

Henrik Einarsson, establishment manager at Business Region Gothenburg, handed over the symbolic gold key to Christian Deresjö, Qatar Airways’ Nordic manager.

The Boeing 787-800 flying to Gothenburg has 22 seats in business and 232 in economy. The new route will primarily compete with Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS and KLM for traffic to Asia and Africa.

Qatar Airways has been flying into Stockholm Arlanda for more than 10 years, starting with a small Airbus A319 but now flying up to two times daily with a Boeing 787. The airline has since entered Denmark, Norway and Finland.

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