EUROPEAN VACATION!: 5 new northern summer routes to get excited about

Qatar Airways is beefing up its coverage of the Continent with a handful of key new services starting this summer.

Qatar Airways is beefing up its coverage of the Continent with a handful of key new services starting this summer.

Do you want to be scoffing down plates of grilled octopus in a Greek island taverna? Or shopping til you drop in Selfridges in London? Maybe you would prefer tapas on the streets of Spain?

Qatar Airways is increasing its coverage of Europe with five new Continental hotspots making it easier than ever for Australians to book a trip to Europe.

Flying with Qatar Airways you know you are in for a smooth long-haul flight no matter what class you are in. You have the incredible Oryx entertainment system jam-packed with 4000 entertainment options from all corners of the globe as well as plenty of services to Europe including some well-timed night flights that see you arrive in Doha in time for breakfast.

Take a look at these new European routes:


For those heading to the UK


The big one is London, with two new daily flights to Gatwick from May 22, joining the seven flights that currently service Heathrow. West End shows, cutting-edge cuisine and art galleries for miles, London is one of the great cities of the world and a rite of passage for Aussie travellers.


Qatar Airways has also started a Cardiff flight, the Welsh capital full of castles, rugby and surrounded by natural beauty. Once considered a working coal town rather than a tourist destination in recent years Cardiff has transformed itself into a modern city that had a starring role in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.


For those jetting off to Greece


What is better, the Greek islands or mainland Greece? On one hand you have the beaches, bars and tavernas on islands that seem to be permanently on vacation. Each island has its own personality from party islands to couples escapes but you can expect dramatic coastline, hidden coves and some amazing seafood. While on the mainland you have busy cities, museums and galleries and Mt Olympus, home of the gods.

Qatar Airways is flying to both with new routes to the “metropolis of the north” Thessaloniki and to the glitz and glamour of the island of Mykonos.


For those flying into Spain


The coastal Spanish town of Malaga flies under the radar – unlike headliners like Barcelona and Seville – but this port city is a perfect slice of Spanish life. You can sit down by the sea and eat seafood caught just metres from your table, visit museums full of Picassos or take a stroll for some modern tapas in the emerging gastro-bars and cafes.

Tradition is strong in Malaga, too, and you can still lean up against a long zinc bar to order your morning coffee or an afternoon tea, and the nightlife is everything you have come to expect from Spain.


Why fly Qatar Airways to Europe?

Qatar Airways Business Class Seat

Qatar Airways Business Class Seat

Qatar Airways is still one of the newest kids on the block when it comes to servicing all six continents but that means it is innovative, bringing new ideas to service, entertainment and in-flight food.

The fleet is modern and constantly updating. Check out the new QSuite – it’s business class with hand-stitched Italian upholstery and the “party of four” configuration that can turn four seats into a meeting or social space if desired.

Qatar Airways is regularly voted Airline of the Year by Skytrax, the most recent award being 2017, so when you have to go long-haul Qatar Airways is the airline to pick.

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Written by Paul Chai, KarryOn contributor

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