The airline already operates daily flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and four weekly flights to Beijing. New services to Chongqing will be operated by Airbus A330.
According to Qatar Airways, “with the population of over 30 million people and its important industrial sector, Chongqing fully reflects the strategy of Qatar Airways to position itself in emerging cities around the world. Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is one of the largest airports in western China, serving a large domestic market but international flights are limited. Access to international destinations is normally via Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai.
Chongqing is a major manufacturing center and a key transportation hub located on the upper Yangtze River, a trade area which is extremely important to China. With Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, Chongqing is one of four municipalities in China reporting directly to the Chinese central government.”
The main local industries of the city are those of consumer goods and food processing, automotive, chemical, textile and mechanical. Chongqing City is the first producer of motorcycles in China and an important production base for motor vehicles.
“China is obviously one of the largest countries in the international arena, the leader of the industry is helping to transform the global economic landscape. Since the inauguration of our first route to China in 2003 with services to Shanghai, we have gradually expanded our activities to become the carrier of the Gulf with the largest network in the country. Our Passengers can travel to or departing from China via our hub in Doha that connects to all of our global network, “said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways,
Over the last seven months, Qatar Airways has added 10 new routes to its international network, Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Stuttgart (Germany), Aleppo (Syria), Shiraz (Iran) Venice (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Medina (Saudi Arabia) and Kolkata (India).
Before the end of 2011, Qatar Airways will launch flights to Sophia (Bulgaria) on September 14, Oslo (Norway) on October 5, Entebbe (Uganda) on November 2, Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tbilisi (Georgia) on November 30.