Qatar Airways launches new routes after GCC crisis reduces its network

Qatar Airways said on Monday it would start flights to Sohar in Oman and Prague next month, the first new routes to be announced by the airline since a regional political crisis forced it to stop flights to 18 Middle East destinations last month.

Qatar Airways, which had said it would speed up expansion plans elsewhere, announced it would fly three times a week to Sohar in northern Oman from Aug. 8 and weekly to the Czech Republic’s capital from Aug. 21.

The new services will be operated by narrow-body Airbus A320 jets, which are also used by Qatar Airways on Middle East routes. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker has said it was “business as usual” for Qatar Airways despite the cutting of ties by the four Arab states, although he has acknowledged there has been a financial impact.

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