|Qatar Airways to skip Budapest stop on Zagreb bound flights|
Qatar Airways, which launched services from Doha to Zagreb via Budapest in 2012, will now operate some of its flights to the Croatian capital without a stopover. Starting October 3, the Qatari national carrier will operate three of its weekly services nonstop, every Monday, Friday and Saturday. Flights will be served by an Airbus A320 jet, which has the capacity to seat twelve passengers in business class and a further 132 in economy. On the remaining days of the week, Qatar will continue to run flights via Budapest with an A321 aircraft. The Qatari carrier has fifth freedom rights between Budapest and Zagreb and vice versa, which allows the airline to sell tickets on the short segment as well.
Qatar’s new nonstop service to Zagreb is a testament to the route’s success since it launched just over two years ago. Flights to the Croatian capital have proved popular with tourists transiting through Doha from the Far East. Furthermore, the route also provides good connections for passengers heading from Zagreb to South East Asia and Australia. Earlier, the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said, “Whether it’s Bangkok, Dubai, Shanghai or Manila, our seamless connections from Zagreb to the East, via our Doha hub, will provide holidaymakers and business travellers from Croatia with a wider network of destinations to choose from”. He added, “Croatia, with its flourishing tourism industry, remains a popular destination for travellers from the Middle East, Asia Pacific and beyond. With our new service, we look forward to making it easier for travellers from around the world to fly to Croatia without having to connect through busy European hubs”.
Qatar Airways has a limited presence in the former Yugoslavia. Besides Zagreb, the airline also maintains flights to Belgrade. However, the service continues to be operated with a stopover in the Turkish capital Ankara. Unlike its Zagreb route, the airline has been unable to secure fifth freedom rights between Ankara and Belgrade.
Zagreb becomes the only city in the former Yugoslavia with a nonstop service to the Qatari capital. The new schedule for the nonstop flights between Doha and Zagreb every Monday, Friday and Saturday can be viewed below. All times are local.
QR217 departing Doha
QR218 departing Zagreb