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Qatar Airways adds 11 weekly London flights

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Qatar Airways has announced a sharp increase in the number of flights it operates from London.

If you have been struggling to find Qatar Airways reward availability because the London to Doha legs were not available, it is worth another look.

Qatar Airways adds 11 weekly flights from London

From London Gatwick:

From 19th June, Qatar Airways will operate two daily flights from London Gatwick instead of one. The British Airways service is also remaining, at least for now, although I don’t understand the point of having two flights to Doha which depart literally a few minutes apart around 2pm.

The new flight will be a morning departure, leaving Gatwick at 9am and arriving in Doha at 5.35pm. It will use a Boeing 787-8 which has the same business class as the A380, which I reviewed on Monday.

From London Heathrow:

From 28th March, Qatar Airways will add a 7th daily service on selected dates. This will be on a Boeing 787-9, so you won’t be getting Qsuite.

It will be an overnight flight from Heathrow, leaving at 9.20pm and landing at 6.05am in Doha. It will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Heathrow will now see 45 Qatar Airways flights per week, with a total of 59 weekly flights across Heathrow and Gatwick.


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Comments (120)

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  • Doug says:

    Why do you think uk nationals deserve any land other than a non EU/EEA one?

  • can says:

    How long do you think it will take the UK to go back to EU or EEA?

    • yorkieflyer says:

      Why would they want their quarrelsome neighbour back?

    • Harry T says:

      At least two general election cycles before customs Union and single market.

      • Can says:

        That’s what I think, too. Remember EU is evolving, too. So who knows how the new EU will be like in a decade or two

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Won’t ever happen again because the terms will never be what they were ie Vetos etc

    • Charles Martel says:

      I voted remain and would like to see us rejoin on our old terms, however, the current rules would require us to join the Eurozone and Schengen of which the latter might be a personal red line for my vote. We’ve painted ourselves into a corner in my mind.

      • dougzz99 says:

        This highlights the UK/EU problem. The other member states agree to things they have no intention of implementing, we took it all too seriously. Poland and the Euro for example.

        • RussellH says:

          More “British Exceptionalism”.
          Poland has, in its way, a similar problem to us. They used to have a sensible government who signed the agreements, then they got a bunch of headbangers just as bad as the English and NI ones who want to renege on the agreements.

      • Can says:

        I am less hopeful about the future of Schengen with the current (and future) refugee crises. The recent capsized boat off the coast of Italy is a good example. It sailed off the coast of Turkey! How it managed to sail all the way to Italy without being stopped is a good way to characterise the problem. You can’t have Schengen when your border is Turkey

      • RussellH says:

        I sincerely wish that enough citizens of this country finally grow up and accept that we are not special. If the rest of our part of the world wants a single travel area and currency, we should accept it

        I WANT to be part of Schengen and be able to leave my passport behind (they fall out of my pockets and get lost). I have a national ID card for the very occasional ID check within Schengen and I am completely fed up to the back teeth with our useless currency. I WANT the Euro (as did my late parents).

    • TimM says:

      The mistake was in the name ‘European’ – it should have been ‘World’. Then any state globally could have adopted the same standards and lowered their borders. ETIAS is a retrograde, ‘little Europe’ step – forever looking inwards and up their own bottoms.

      • John says:

        But “little Europe” is precisely what the EU is (regardless of whether the UK is, or wants to be, “little Britain”).

  • can says:

    it is still the second biggest market in Europe

    • Flyin says:

      But if it drags down progress and market development it’s of no benefit. This is very similar to the argument pre-brexit of “we’re a massive market they’ll give us whatever we want”

      • Can says:

        No and no. The recent f.k up in Britain is political not EU’s doing. And I think it is fair to mention that UK is a big market. It is a fact and can be a bargaining chip in the future. Why not?

  • MrHandBaggageOnly says:

    We were in Poland at the weekend flying in and out of Poznan. We were all required to have our pictures taken (inbound and outbound) at Passport control, which did slow things down quite a bit. This was new to me and didn’t happen last October when travelling into Krakow and out of Gdansk, (nor Warsaw in August). There was no explanation as to why, and also no mention of fingerprints. Does anybody know what the photos were for e.g. system testing etc.?

  • Paul says:

    Set up CONVENIENT “EU check points” around the UK – by which you mean convenient for London.

  • Charles Martel says:

    I’d be in favour of enrolment centres for biometric collection, at least at major ports so people arriving early could do it on departure rather than get in longer queues on arrival. Many savvy, eligible travellers go out of their way to enrol in TSA/Global Entry programmes for an easier passage through border control – I don’t see why they wouldn’t do the same for the EU.

    Another solution might be a soft roll out with ETIAS introduced as a mandatory requirement and EES/biometric enrolment enforced randomly to the passenger (but organised around lighter traffic periods at the border). Over around 18 months you’d probably pick up a significant percentage of travellers and it might be better to get 30% in 2023, building to 60% by 2024 than start from scratch in 2024.

  • Boon says:

    Anyone know when the reward seats availability for the new Qatar flights will be loaded?

  • vlcnc says:

    I have to say this whole system of EES part is needlessly complicated. Passport stamps work and how it is done in every part of the world. Another thing to make travel laboured and hard work…

    • HH says:

      Hard disagree. Cross-border travel between Europe and neighbouring states is way more common and frequent than between countries in other continents.

      My passport was issued in summer 2019 and by this summer I will have only 6 empty pages left… If it weren’t for Covid, I’d be on my second or third passport by now. 80% of the space is taken up by Schengen stamps – this isn’t sustainable.

      • Chris says:

        Just a FYI, my understanding is at a Schengen board the procedure when presented with a GB passport with no further space for stamps is to attach a special sheet to the passport.

        If you are concerned about filling your passport then worth making an enquiry future visits to see if you can start using it early to prevent using the remaining 6 pages.

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