2 JUNE 2014
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What with the official opening of Hamad International Airport in Doha and the introduction of a new service into Edinburgh it has been a busy week for Qatar Airways. On the negative side (according to flight schedules) Qatar has delayed the introduction of Doha – Heathrow Airbus A380 service until 1 July with departure Doha 07:55 (arrival 13:15) and Heathrow 15:05 (arrival 23:50). The airline now has six daily services to Doha from London.
As far as Edinburgh is concerned the Doha introduction marked the completion of a momentous week for the airport with launches also to Chicago and Philadelphia.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “This truly is a historic day, not just for our airport, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland.
“Today’s inaugural flight to Doha marks the first direct link from Edinburgh to the Middle East and means Scotland’s capital is finally connected with Asia, Australia and China. We’re absolutely delighted to celebrate this occasion with our city partners and the Scottish Government, whose hard work has helped us reach this milestone.
“A direct link to Doha will not only enhance trade and culture links but will truly reaffirm Edinburgh Airport as where Scotland meets the world." www.edinburghairport.com www.qatarairways.com