DOHA: Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch direct flights to Adana in southern Turkey. The new thrice weekly service is in addition to the airline’s existing flights to the capital Ankara, and services to Istanbul’s two main airports.
From November 6, Qatar Airways will operate an Airbus A320, with 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class on flights between Doha and Adana Şakirpaşa Airport.
Flights will operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. QR438 will depart Doha (DOH) at 07:20 to arrive in Adana (ADA) at 11:25. The return leg, QR439, will depart Adana at 12:25 and arrive in Doha at 16:15.
Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways said, “Adana is an agricultural and industrial powerhouse, so our new three-times-a-week service will help boost all-important trade and commercial links between Qatar and Turkey. It will also increase tourism to a city renowned throughout Turkey for its incredible local cuisine which acts as a magnet for food-lovers. We are delighted to connect southern Turkey to more than 150 destinations worldwide through our five-star hub, Hamad International Airport in Qatar.”
Located at the crossroads of Anatolia and the Middle East, Adana is Turkey’s fifth largest city and a major agricultural and industrial centre. A short distance from the Mediterranean coast, it is also famous for its traditional Turkish cuisine, and boasts several historic monuments and architectural landmarks, making it an ideal starting point for holiday-makers wishing to explore historic Turkey.
Adana Şakirpaşa Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in Turkey. At just 3.5km from the city centre, its international terminal can accommodate up to three million passengers a year.