The ever-growing airline from Qatar starts wide-body Boeing 787-8 operations to Gothenburg in December 2018.
Five times weekly
The new non-stop route between Gothenburg Landvetter airport and Doha International Airport in Qatar will commence on December 12th and be operated five days a week with Boeing 787-800, this aircraft has 22 seats in business- and 232 seats in economy class.
Second city in Sweden
Qatar Airways has been flying into Stockholm Arlanda for more than 10 years, starting with a small Airbus A319 but is nowadays flying up to two times daily with Boeing 787’s between Doha International Airport and Stockholm.
Since the start in Sweden, Qatar Airways has entered Denmark, Norway, Finland and soon also the Baltic States.
By using the Boeing 787 into Gothenburg it will be offering significant cargo capacity, up to 30 tons can be carried and will be a vital component to make the new operation profitable. There is a lot of commodities that are imported and exported via Gothenburg.
Increased competition in a marginal market
Gothenburg Landvetter airport is Sweden’s second largest airport and reported 6.8 million passengers in 2017, far below Stockholm Arlanda’s 26.6 million passengers.
Qatar Airways new route will primary compete with Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa , SAS and KLM on traffic to Asia and Africa. This is also a ramp-up to prepare for increased competition by Norwegian and SAS, as Norwegian last week announced it is applying for a Swedish AOC and some weeks ago Norwegian confirmed it will establish a long-haul base at Copenhagen Kastrup. Norwegian is looking at new routes to Asia, Indian-sub continent, the Middle-East and Africa and Qatar Airways try to be one-step ahead by launching new routes from secondary airports, like Gothenburg.
SAS will start to receive their new Airbus A350’s from 2019 and it is likely SAS will increase its production to Asia, by offering more non-stop services from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Qatar Airways must first land in Doha and the passengers have to change aircraft for their final destination somewhere in the world.
The new route and extra capacity are likely to drive airfares down as the total market in Gothenburg/West-Sweden area is not likely to outpace the new capacity, resulting in the airlines will need to sell low fares to fill up their seats.