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Qatar Airways head calls for better service to Middle East

April 12, 2012, Montreal - The head of Qatar Airways says Canadians deserve better airline service to the Middle East made possible by an expansion of the number of landing rights granted to Doha.


April 12, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Akbar Al Baker says the more than 6,000 Canadians living in the Middle Eastern country, along with visitors, can bypass intense American security by increasingly flying to Doha.

Already, the three weekly flights launched last June are running ahead of expectations and travelling 85 per cent full.

He says that additional flights can easily be accommodated to reduce flying time to 113 destinations through its gateway.

Al Baker adds that Qatar's expansion efforts are not designed to undermine Air Canada, which has vocally opposed any additional flights from Middle Eastern-based rivals.

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The Canadian carrier has complained that the partially state-owned Middle Eastern carriers benefit from an unfair advantage.