Tourism from Middle East to Turkey in Focus Part I: Qatar

Posted on 09 October 2009

Turkey is becoming one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. This is understandable given the vastness of the countries cultures, benefits, climates, varied locations and differing climates — something for everyone you could say.

Because of its predominantly Muslim ethnic make-up, Turkey is understandably a very popular destination with those travelling abroad from within the middle east for cultural and activity based holidays. We will be looking in detail at how this market has matured, how accessibility has improved, how flights have gotten more affordable and much more on a country by country basis.

Part I: Qatar

Qatar is almost made famous by the prestige of its national airline, Qatar Airways. When it comes to travelling to Turkey from Qatar, it has certainly gotten a lot easier, and a lot cheaper in recent months.

In June this year, the chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation General Authority Abdulaziz al-Nuaimi, met with his Turkish counterpart and agreed 18 new flights per week from Qatar to Turkey. This was 7 flights to Istanbul, 7 Flights per week to Ankara and 4 flights per week to Antalya.

In the last year many new airlines have opened many new routes from Qatar to Turkey, including many budget routes. Here are some airlines that service the route, there may be others but these are the ones we could find:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Emirates
  • EgyptAir
  • GulfAir
  • Middle East Airways (MEA)

All in all it is a very popular route. For instance on Friday 23rd October, a search on SkyScanner reveals that there are 35 flights leaving Doha Airport in Qatar for Dalaman, and 24 flights coming back. That is just on 1 day. The same Skyscanner search shows that the cheapest return is around £400.

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