Qatar Airways takes off from Melbourne Airport
Dec 06, 2009
Today Melbourne Airport welcomed its 25th international airline as premium Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways commenced direct three-times weekly services to Doha.
The service will become daily from 1 January, further enhancing the strong business and tourism links between Victoria and the Middle East.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said the Qatar Airways announcement was another major win for Victoria. "We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways and thank them for choosing Melbourne as their much-awaited entry into the Australian market. We are thrilled to have another premium carrier operating from our airport."
Victorian travellers can now fly direct from Melbourne to Doha then onwards to Qatar Airways' 83 destinations worldwide in North, East and South Africa, Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East.
"The important role direct international air services provide to Melbourne and Victoria cannot be understated," said Mr. Woodruff. "Melbourne Airport is proud to deliver significantly lower charges than our interstate competitors, curfew free 24 hour access and a single terminal precinct. With the opening of the first stage of our new international terminal earlier this month, the airport and Victoria are well-poised for strong international growth over the coming years."