Going places: where does Qatar Airways fly next? (Part II)

AeroTime Daily News | December 23, 2019
The Qatari aviation industry, including its airline and the main airport in Doha, is not looking to sit in one place. With a massive backlog of 300 aircraft for Qatar Airways, including options, and a plan to expand the capacity of Hamad International Airport (DOH) to facilitate 60 million passengers per year by 2022, the country wants to become a powerhouse in the aviation industry. But with a massive gap between passenger traffic at Hamad International and tourists that actually visit the country and a confusing fleet of various current and incoming aircraft, where does the carrier go next?
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