13 Feb '18, 5am

Qatar Airways joins Singapore Airlines in growing Canberra international market - ABC Online

Qatar Airways joins Singapore Airlines in growing Canberra international market - ABC Online

Qatar Airways joins Singapore Airlines in growing Canberra international market By Jon Healy Updated February 13, 2018 16:04:44 Photo: Canberra Airport's runway is not long enough to accommodate a long-haul flight to Doha. (ABC News: Tom Lowrey) Related Story: Singapore Airlines ditches Canberra-Wellington routes Map: Canberra 2600 First Singapore Airlines, now Qatar Airways — apparently Canberra is big enough for the both of them. Despite boasting a population of about 400,000, Canberra this week saw the arrival of its second international air service. Daily flights from Doha will arrive and return via Sydney. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker said he would prefer to fly direct, but Canberra's runway fell short of the required 4.3 kilometres for outgoing flights. He rejected suggestions the airline was only using Canberra as a back-door way of getting a second ...

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