Qatar Airways has continued its European expansion drive with the French Mediterranean city of Nice becoming the first of five routes recently launched across the continent over the next few months.
Complementing double daily flights between the airline’s Doha hub and the French capital Paris, the new Doha – Nice operations strengthen the carrier’s presence in France. Qatar Airways is the only five-star carrier flying to one of the world’s leading tourism hot spots on the charming French Riviera.
The Doha – Nice schedules which started on November 24 are: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (via Milan). It will depart Doha (QR035) at 0040hrs and arrive in Nice at 0740hrs and depart Nice (QR036) at 0900hrs and arrive in Doha at 1845hrs.
Following the touchdown of flight QR035 at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, the aircraft was welcomed by a traditional water salute and met by senior airport officials and local dignitaries.
On board the maiden flight to Nice was Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who led a high-profile delegation and key media from across the Middle
“Qatar Airways appreciates the support provided by the French government to further consolidate our presence in France, where we have grown as an airline of choice over the past 10 years,” he said.
“The Doha – Nice route launch coincides with Qatar Airways’ 10 years of flying to France and we are delighted to start on this occasion flights to Nice as our 95th destination,” Al Baker said.
The President of the Directory of the Côte d’Azur Airports, Hervé de Place said these new flights will allow their region to increase its economic and tourism ties with the Middle East and even onwards to Asia Pacific.
Nice, which is near to Cannes, Monaco, St Tropez and Antibes, is the perfect gateway to southern France and offers great potential based on significant business and leisure traffic for Qatar Airways.
The French Riviera is known for its "art de vivre" and beautiful scenery, which attracts over nine million visitors each year. The region also offers an attractive business destination, with many major conferences and prestigious events like the International Film Festival in Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Flights on the Doha – Nice route operate via Milan with an Airbus A330-200 in a two-class arrangement featuring 24 seats in Business Class and up to 248 seats in Economy.
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