Qatar Airways has announced an increase in the number of flights to European capital cities as part of its  expansion programme to improve frequencies and offer passengers greater choice.

Following the recent decision to add three flights on the Doha–Paris route to make it a double daily operation from October, Qatar Airways is adding capacity to Madrid, Athens and Stockholm – representing a near 40 per cent increase in frequency across the four cities.

Madrid will see an increase in the number of flights from the current four-a-week to daily, effective December 2, which marks the fourth anniversary of Qatar Airways’ launch on the route.

The Athens route, launched in June 2005, is currently being served daily. Capacity is to rise over a five-month period beginning in October, with an eventual increase to double daily services from March 2010.

Stockholm will see its first frequency increase since flights to the Swedish capital were launched in November 2007. The addition of one extra weekly service every Thursday, beginning October 25, follows demand and the availability of aircraft.

Also beginning October 25, the start of the Northern Winter schedules, the Paris route will see capacity rise from 11 to 14 flights a week offering passengers the option of a double daily service for the first time.

Each of the European cities offers connections via Doha to a network of business and leisure cities across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and the Far East.

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