August 19, 2018

Qatar Airways flies to Cardiff

First Qatar Airways flight to Wales.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, Principality of Wales: The first direct passenger flight between Wales and Qatar landed at Cardiff Airport.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker were on the first flight to Cardiff that was welcomed to Cardiff with a water salute (a tradition often used to mark the first flight of an airline to an airport).

The new direct service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales,” uttered First Minister Jones.

“It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world. Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, who was also on the first flight from Doha to Cardiff, said: “The new flight from Cardiff to Doha plugs our entrepreneurs straight into one of the most dynamic economies in the Middle East, and an airport which offers a further 150 global destinations.”

The Cardiff route, which is expected to take seven hours, was announced in April 2017, and adds to Qatar’s UK services to London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

For further information: 

Government of the Principality of Wales: https://gov.wales/?skip=1&lang=en

CEO Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/about-qatar-airways.html

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First Qatar Airways flight to Wales – Picture by Welsh Government through Twitter

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