Qatar Airways introduced its first flights to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport from Doha this week.
Four non-stop weekly services will operate to the Turkish capital, with the inaugural flight having been met by an impressive water salute and a party of senior airport officials and local dignitaries.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ chief executive officer, said the route will increase the airline’s presence in Turkey following its 2004 launch of flights to Istanbul.
"We are confident that our new service to Ankara will be equally as successful helping facilitate travel to and from this wonderful city and beyond for both the business travel community and leisure travellers," he commented.
Mr Al Baker went on to say that the launch of the route comes as Qatar and Turkey have established strong trade links, while the two countries also enjoy political ties.
On March 30th, Qatar Airways commenced four weekly flights to Copenhagen from its hub in the Qatari capital.