The new EU and Qatar aviation treaty will provide more opportunities for consumers, airlines and airports in both Qatar and the EU.
Key points are:
The EU statement goes on to say that “Qatar is a close aviation partner for the EU. Some 6.3 million passengers a year travelled between the EU and Qatar under the existing 26 bilateral aviation agreements.
Of those 6.3 passengers, how many were point-to-point travellers compared to those simply changing planes in Doha for onward destinations?
Presumably the above figure applies to 2019 when the UK was a member.
And note the “guarantee” of a “level playing field.” Glance at today’s schedules and you will see Qatar Airways already benefits by operating the most flights.
Of course these are unusual times and air traffic between the EU, Asia and Australasia is painfully affected by constraints of one sort or another.
So it will take time before the treaty’s benefits become apparent – readers can see the EU statement here.