Qatar Airways will launch a daily, year-round Athens to New York flight in mid-June, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker announced in Athens on Wednesday at a press conference the 8th anniversary of Qatar Airway’s service to Greece.
Al Baker said that Qatar Airways supports its presence in Greece not only in good times but also in the period of crisis, adding that Greece is an important market for the company.
“We will continue to support our presence in Greece, also creating new jobs,” he said.
Qatar Airways added Athens to its rapidly-growing international network in mid-June 2005 with the launch of non-stop scheduled flights from Doha to the Greek capital. The inaugural flight from Doha touched down at Athens’ ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ International Airport (AIA) on June 16, 2005.
Asked whether other companies in Qatar plan to invest in Greece, Al Baker noted that the companies in his country proceed with investments without any ‘grand announcements’ preceding them, adding that Qatar has expressed its “strong commitment” for investments in Greece.
Athens is a hub for 31 European destinations that are contained in Qatar Airways’’ network of itineraries, which commenced in 2005 with six weekly flights to Athens and increased to two daily flights three years ago.
The Athens-Doha flight has become the top destination, in absolute number of passengers, at the AIA, surpassing the airport’s New York destination for the first time in the AIA’s history.
Al Baker also reiterated his company’s commitment to continue developing the Athens route.