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Qatar Airway starts Doha-Davao flights

June 19, 2019 - Wednesday 1:06 PM by Lovely Carillo

FLYING DIRECT. Qatar Airways officially starts Doha-Davao-Doha route as it touched down at the Davao International Airport Tuesday. PHOTO BY CITY TOURISM OFFICE

DAVAO CITY -- The Doha-Davao direct flights officially started Tuesday after Qatar Airways flight QR936 touched down at the Davao International Airport at 17:20 p.m. on June 18, 2019.

Davao is the airline’s third gateway in the country, the two others being Clark and Manila.

From hereon, Qatar Airways will serve the direct route plying Doha-Davao-Doha once a week using its Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The aircraft has 232 seats in Economy Class and 22 seats in Business Class.

Depending on the day booked, a return flight can cost from $1,077 to more or less $2,000 or roughly from P50,000 to as much as P120,000 for Economy class.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker previously said they will be plying the route with one frequency per week. However, the frequency will be increased to three a week once they get hold of the new aircraft they ordered from their supplier.

This already includes one hand-carried baggage up to 7 kilograms and a checked in baggage of up to 30 kilograms. The website shows the Davao-Doha flight will take up to 12 hours and 50 minutes with one stop.

Qatar Airways is the fourth international carrier flying direct routes to and from the city. The others are SilkAir which has maintained its almost-daily Davao-Singapore flights for a few years now, Xiamen Air which operates the Davao-Jinjiang City route, and Cathay Dragon which operates the Davao-Hong Kong route.

Demand for the newly-opened international route is expected to beef up considering that Qatar is hosting the next two Club World Cups in December this year and in 2020, as a preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Aside from directly connecting Davao to Qatar, the international connection will also link travellers from Davao to various destinations in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Prior to this, the airline has also launched beginning May 2019 three routes from Doha to Izmir, Turkey, Malta, and Rabat, Morocco. Al Baker said they are also set to open three more routes this year including Doha to Lisbon, Portugal which will start on June 24; Mogadishu, Somalia on July 1; and Langkawi, Malaysia which will start in October.

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