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Qatar Airways Travelers Love Destination Greece, Says Country Manager

Qatar Airways Airbus A320 was welcomed to Thessaloniki International Airport "Makedonia" with a traditional water cannon salute. Photo by by Vassilis Sfakianopoulos

Qatar Airways Airbus A320 was welcomed to Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia” with a traditional water cannon salute. Photo by by Vassilis Sfakianopoulos

“Greece has been and continues to be one of the most popular and important destinations in our network, travelers seem to love it,” Theresa Cissell, Qatar Airways Country Manager for Greece & Cyprus, said during this year’s Posidonia shipping exhibition that recently took place in Athens.

Qatar Airways recently added a new direct non-stop service from Doha to Mykonos, the third Greek destination in the airline’s expanding global network. The Doha-Mykonos route followed the airline’s launch of direct flights to Thessaloniki in late March.

Qatar Airways Country Manager for Greece & Cyprus Theresa Cissell with Qatar's Ambassador to Greece Abdulaziz Ali Al Naama (R) and GTP Headlines Managing Editor Nikos Krinis.

Qatar Airways stand at Posidonia 2018. Pictured: Qatar Airways Country Manager for Greece & Cyprus Theresa Cissell with Qatar’s Ambassador to Greece Abdulaziz Ali Al Naama (R) and GTP Headlines Managing Editor Nikos Krinis.

According to Cissell, the airline expects the new services to continue to help reinforce the links between the State of Qatar and Greece, as well as deepen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

“We are delighted that we are expanding our service offering in the country, as well as supporting Greece’s tourism industry by providing our passengers the opportunity to visit Greece through more,” Cissell told GTP Headlines.

Regarding passenger traffic on the two new routes, load factors are in line with Qatar Airways’ growth plans and the airline sees positive bookings numbers.

“Our forecasts show that as anticipated, there is a strong demand for passengers, not only from Middle East, but also from our expanding routes across the world travelling to Greece,” Cissell said.

 Qatar Airways Airbus A320 on Mykonos runway.

Qatar Airways Airbus A320 on Mykonos runway.

The Middle East is only one of many markets Qatar Airways is connecting Europe and Greece with. Through the new routes, the airline can connect more than 150 destinations through its Doha hub with Greece.

Qatar Airways is certainly not new to the Greek market as the airline has already been operating to Athens since June 2005. In 2015 Qatar Airways increased its service to the Greek capital from twice daily to three times daily to meet growing demand.

Qatari Hospitality at Posidonia 2018

Qatar Airways was the official airline partner of the Posidonia 2018 international shipping exhibition and gave industry professionals the chance to experience the signature Qatari hospitality and also enjoy its award-winning Business Class comfort.

Throughout the days of the exhibition, the airline’s cabin crew hosted a demo of its new “First in Business” Qsuite Business Class Seat that features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, has privacy panels that stow away and allows passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room

During a special cocktail party, shipping and tourism professionals had the chance to taste the Business Class menu which is served aboard QR aircraft.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 150 destinations worldwide.

The carrier currently holds the title of ‘Airline of The Year’ as awarded by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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