Canberra Airport has secured a second international carrier, with Qatar Airways set to start daily flights between Canberra and Doha via Sydney from mid-February 2018.
Singapore Airlines became the airport’s first international carrier last September, operating the Canberra-Singapore-Wellington route.
The new service will link Canberra to Qatar’s network of flights into the UK, Europe and South Africa – albeit with two stopovers at Sydney and Doha.
The Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, said the Qatar connection was an exciting
development in the fulfilment of a major goal.
“We have had a long-held dream that we could connect Canberra with the rest of the world. The beginning
of the Qatar Airways service in February provides seamless access to the major international hub of Doha,
and a stepping off point for the Middle East, Europe and points beyond.
“We welcome Qatar Airways’ strong support for Canberra, and the people living in our wider region of
around 1 million people”.
Qatar will use a Boeing 777-300ER for the Canberra-Sydney-Doha flights, with QR907 taking off from Canberra at 1.45 pm to reach Sydney one hour later. The first flight is scheduled for February 13, 2018.
After another hour’s stopover, QR907 will take off at 3.55 pm bound for Doha, where it will land at 10.30 pm.
The QR906 return leg is expected to leave Doha at 8.10 am for a 6.15 am arrival into Sydney the following day; and then on to Canberra for an 8.25 am touchdown.
The new flights will complement Qatar’s current daily QR908/QR909 Airbus A380 flight between Sydney and Doha.
Qatar, a Qantas partner, won’t be able to sell the leg between Sydney and Canberra for domestic flights but eligible passengers, including business class travellers and Qantas Gold and Platinum frequent flyers, will be able to use Qantas’s domestic lounges at Canberra.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said Canberra, as Australia’s capital city, was an important addition to our global route map and further boosts the existing strong ties between Australia and Qatar.
“We are confident our highly-acclaimed product will appeal greatly to government, business and leisure travellers alike.”