Kristina Harrington, Aeronautics Online Writer
Qatar Airways announced early Wednesday that it will begin service to Thessaloniki in March of next year. Beginning on March 27, 2018, the carrier will operate four flights weekly on an Airbus A320.
“Greece has always been one of our most in-demand destinations, and as such, we are delighted to offer our passengers a direct service to Thessaloniki, our second destination in Greece. Our new four-time weekly service to this enchanting city will enable us to provide a seamless journey to and from Greece. By adding Thessaloniki to our global network, we are pleased to offer our Greece-based passengers a gateway to more than 150 destinations worldwide through our hub, Hamad International Airport,” Qatar’s Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, stated on the matter. Including this destination will add over 1,000 seats provided to Greece weekly, making the total seat count about 5,000.
This new route provides passengers with a new travel experience. Thessaloniki is well known for its’ archaeological digs, as this area of Greece was once home to the Byzantine and other historical societies. According to the airline’s press release, it is somewhat an “open air museum” of Byzantine history.
Thessaloniki is the third largest airport in Greece, following Heraklion and Athens, handling just over 6 million passengers annually. Most airlines operate flights solely in the Summer to meet high demand, with airBaltic serving Riga, Alitalia serving Milan and Rome, ASL Airlines France serving Lyon and Nantes, Belavia serving Minsk, British Airways serving London-Gatwick, Brussels Airlines serving Brussels, Condor to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Eurowings to Hamburg, and Germania to Dresden, Nuremburg, and Munster being exclusively-Summer flights from the airport.
Thessaloniki is one of many new, exotic destinations that Qatar will be adding in 2018.
Featured photo from Wikimedia Commons.