Qatar Airways plans fierce expansion in India to beat Gulf rivals

Doha-based Qatar Airways has sought a significant increase in capacity entitlements and access to seven new cities, as it aims to counter the growth of its rivals – Etihad Airways and Emirates – in India.

Documents reviewed by Business Standard show that Qatar is planning to start direct flights to several cities where it doesn’t have a presence, while increasing frequency by four times on its current routes.

Recently, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar Al-Baker had announced starting a fully-owned airline in India, signalling an ambitious expansion plan in the country. Read more



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