Qatar Airways has announced a raft of new route launches, including a return to London Gatwick.
The carrier withdrew from Gatwick in 2011. At the time, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker blamed commercial reasons.
Al Baker said “Gatwick to us became less attractive due to the fact that all the American feed we used to get there evaporated with the Open Skies [agreement] between the US and Europe which meant that all the American carriers moved to Heathrow.” Al Baker said that without the feeder traffic “the domestic traffic wasn’t enough, and what there was, could easily be carried over Heathrow”.
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