Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al-Baker announced the airline's aggressive expansion plans and 16 new destinations for 2018-2019 at a press conference held on the opening day of ITB Berlin.

Al-Baker announced that Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg, revealing the new destinations to be launched, which include London Gatwick, UK; Cardiff, UK; Lisbon, Portugal; Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay, Turkey; Mykonos and Thessaloniki, Greece; and Malaga, Spain. In addition, services to Warsaw, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague and Kyiv will increase to a double daily frequency, while services to Madrid, Barcelona and the Maldives will increase to triple daily.

Al-Baker said, Qatar Airways is tremendously excited to announce further expansion with a significant number of new destinations to be added to our extensive global network throughout 2018 and 2019. This is a direct reflection of our commitment to connecting travelers across all corners of the world in a way that is meaningful and convenient to them. We are committed to continuing our ambitious growth strategy, in order to be able to provide our passengers with as much choice as possible and to take them anywhere in the world they wish to go.

Source: Government of Qatar