Qatar Airways on Friday announced that three cities would join its global network during the second-half of 2011 as part of an expansion strategy focussed on new routes and capacity increases.

In India, daily flights to Kolkata, will be launched on July 27 taking Qatar Airways' capacity to 95 services a week spread across 12 cities. In addition to that Norway and Bulgaria have been earmarked for new route development. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline's growth remained on target with this expansion.

“Today's announcement of new services to Kolkata, Oslo and Sofia reflects our commitment to connect diverse global cities via our Doha hub. Kolkata becomes our 12th gateway city in India, while Sofia is another example of serving underserved markets. And with Oslo set to be part of our network, Qatar Airways will strengthen its presence in Scandinavia as the biggest Gulf-based airline flying to the region.”

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