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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker (top left) with the President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, in Barcelona. The meeting was attended by airline management, FC Barcelona VP Economy & Strategy, Javier Faus, and Director of Marketing and Communications for Qatar 2022, Nasser Al Khater.
Barcelona: Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline planned to expand its operations in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, from the current 10 flights a week to twice daily to help boost trade and business links between Qatar and Catalonia.
“Extra frequencies would be a tremendous boost to the economy of Barcelona and the surrounding areas, helping create new jobs and bringing more tourists to this fabulous city,” said Al Baker.
“When Qatar Airways launched flights to Barcelona in June 2010, we started off with daily services using narrow-body aircraft, gradually increasing to larger planes offering twice as much capacity. And we then improved capacity further to the current 10-flights-a-week, which clearly shows our commitment to Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole.”
Al Baker met the President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, and Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, to discuss new trade, business and investment opportunities. The meetings follows announcement that the airline is to be a strategic partner of football giants FC Barcelona.
“Qatar Airways looks forward to working with FC Barcelona through our new strategic partnership that starts this summer, giving us even more opportunities to connect the loyal fan base of Barca in Catalonia and millions of the club’s fans around the world,” Al Baker said
The President of Catalonia and Mayor of Barcelona expressed their excitement about the partnership between Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona, bringing in great benefits to the renowned football club and Catalan region.
Qatar Airways offers travellers from Barcelona an exciting network of destinations to cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific via its Doha hub.
The airline operates daily non-stop flights between Madrid and Doha.