Al Baker: Acquisition of 25% in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport part of Qatar Airways global expansion

«القطرية» تشتري حصة بمقدار 25 % في مطار فنوكوفو

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the carrier signed to acquire up to 25 percent of Russia’s third-largest airport, Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, comes within expansion plans that Qatar Airways has been following across the world.

“Such an investment will complement the strong ties we have already established with the country, with our launch of direct services to St. Petersburg late last year, as well as our triple-daily flights to Moscow. All our investments are part of our existing expansion strategy, through which we aim to be able to bring even more people together from all parts of the globe,” Al Baker said.

Al Baker signed the MoU along with Vnukovo International Airport Board Chairman Vitaly Vantsev in the presence of Anton Kuznetsov, Vnukovo International Airport’s deputy board chairman for commerce affairs.

“Today we have signed the Memorandum of Understanding, the provisions of which, once implemented, could establish a foundation for productive partnership between Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading air carriers and a true, recognized touchstone of sterling quality of passenger and in-flight services, and Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. Vnukovo International nowadays boasts the best transport accessibility and most advanced, cutting-edge airport infrastructure in Russia, enabling the Airport’s consistently impressive passenger growth performance nationwide,” Vantsev said.

“This gives me every confidence that our potential partnership will be mutually beneficial and good for all concerned, through further synergies it will be creating for each partner, enabling further growth,” he added.

This potential investment supports Qatar Airways’ investment strategy, which already includes 20 percent investment in International Airlines Group, 10 percent investment in LATAM Airlines Group, 9.94 percent investment in Cathay Pacific and 49 percent investment in Air Italy.

Qatar Airways recently announced that it has become the general partner of Cosmoscow, the International Contemporary Art Fair, an event that unites the contemporary Russian art market and helps its contributors establish contacts with the international art community. This collaboration is one of many between the State of Qatar and Russia, who are this year celebrating the Year of Culture.

The airline operates triple daily flights to Moscow and daily flights to St. Petersburg, launched in December 2017.

أعلنت الخطوط الجوية القطرية الأربعاء، عن شراء حصة في مطار فنوكوفو الدولي بروسيا، تُقدر بـ 25%.

ويعد مطار “فنوكوفو”، ثالث أكبر مطار في روسيا من حيث حركة المسافرين، التي بلغت 18 مليون و120 ألف مسافر في 2017، وهو مشروع مشترك بين الحكومة والقطاع الخاص.

ويضم أسطول الخطوط الجوية القطرية أكثر من 200 طائرة، وتسير رحلاتها إلى أكثر من 150 وجهة رئيسية، وتعتزم الشركة تدشين وجهات جديدة هذا العام.

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