High passenger demand prompts Doha development
Higher passenger demand is prompting Qatar Airways to add a further four flights per week between Doha and Oslo. This means the airline will increase its frequencies on the route to 10 times weekly from December 22.
Qatar’s state-owned flag carrier will introduce the extra flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, following what Norwegian airport operator Avinor calls “a significant growth in passenger demand to the capital cities”.
The frequency increase, the latest in a number of route network enhancements both for Oslo and for Doha, will add more than 105,000 two-way seats to Oslo’s long-haul network in 2018. Once the extra services have started, weekly two-way capacity to and from the Nordic hub to the Middle East will pass 10,000 seats.
Qatar Airways’ Doha-Oslo service started as five times weekly in 2011, and the approximately 5,000-kilometre route using the oneworld carrier’s 254-seat B788s expanded to daily less than two years later. The latest move means growth of Oslo’s weekly capacity to the Middle East country by more than 40%. Avinor says that the route has seen a 10% rise in passenger volume so far this year.
“This link to the Middle East has proven to be a successful sector, and Qatar Airways’ additional flights are certain to be equally popular,” says Jasper Spruit, VP for traffic development at Avinor. “The increase in the frequency will meet growing inbound and outbound demand, provide greater choice for our passengers and improve connectivity to and from Qatar Airways’ considerable Asian network.”