Qatar Airways, Qatar’s state-owned flag carrier, is set to restart flights between Doha and the Australian capital city of Canberra.

Beginning on 1 October, Qatar Airways will resume a once-daily connection between Doha and Canberra, passing through Melbourne.

The flight will land at Melbourne airport for a small stop over and then fly on to Canberra. It will similarly depart from Melbourne for Doha.

Qatar Airways will resume the connection in Canberra after adding an additional service to its Melbourne schedule.

The flag carrier signed a strategic agreement with the state government of Victoria in Australia to increase connectivity to Melbourne.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Melbourne is the original home for Qatar Airways in Australia, and we are excited to enhance our operations there, as a testament to both strong demand and our deep commitment to Australia.

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“We look forward to welcoming more passengers to experience our five-star hospitality, as travel to and from Melbourne to many cities worldwide via our Doha hub in Qatar.

“The launch of the additional daily flight to Melbourne ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will allow more football fans travel to attend their respective matches.”

With this addition to its network, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 40 weekly flights to Australia. These flights will cover six destinations, specifically Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

The move will raise Qatar Airways’ Australia footprint above its pre-pandemic level.

Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus said: “There is huge demand for international travel out of Melbourne, and these extra services couldn’t come at a better time with the soccer World Cup kicking off in November.

“It’s exciting to see airlines like Qatar Airways adding more capacity into Melbourne, given they are a global airline and could send their aircraft anywhere, it’s a huge vote of confidence in our city.”