Scheduled Match Day Shuttle services will operate from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
In line with the commitment to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 an inclusive regional event, Qatar Airways has partnered with Flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia to connect match ticket holders to Doha via ‘Match Day Shuttle’ flights during the tournament.
Football fans based in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or the UAE, will soon be able to book their Match Day Shuttle flights so they can attend their respective matches before departing Doha on the same day.
Match Day Shuttle tickets will be offered at competitive prices along with rotating frequencies from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Muscat and Riyadh.
Passengers who book one of the Match Day Shuttle services will benefit from dedicated on-ground transportation between the airport and stadium. Flights arrive in the morning and depart in the evening, with no hotel accommodation required. Additionally, a no check-in baggage policy will simplify an easy-in, easy-out travel itinerary for the passengers.
Speaking about the initiative, Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Connecting fans and a shared love for football are at the heart of this game-changing partnership. We are immensely privileged to have the opportunity to unite fans from all walks of life to enjoy the beautiful game at its best, while introducing them to our hospitable culture and traditions. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the first in the Middle East and Arab world, and we have always believed that a win for Qatar is a win for the region.
“The landscape of this tournament gives us the opportunity to spread the business with various regional airlines. Our combined bandwidth with Flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia will create travel flexibility that will bridge cultures and give fans the chance to explore multiple places in the Middle-East.”
Flydubai chief executive officer Ghaith Al Ghaith added: “We are very pleased to be part of this game-changing partnership with Qatar Airways and the other partner GCC national carriers. This will allow us to welcome more football fans and visitors from all over the world to experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of our region.
“Having recently hosted a global event in Dubai, we know first-hand the positive impact such events have not only on the travel and hospitality sectors, but also on the wider economy and the overall morale.”