The carrier was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute, followed by a welcome ceremony for VIP delegates.
The first flights to Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 business class seats and 132 economy class seats.
Alexander Zinell, CEO, Fraport Greece, noted, “The decision by our new airline partner, Qatar Airways, is a clear indication of the Thessaloniki ‘Makedonia’ Airport growth potential. Passengers from Northern Greece and the Balkans can now benefit from direct flights linking Thessaloniki with the international hub of Doha and beyond.”
The new four times weekly service from Doha to the airline’s second Greece gateway, after Athens, commenced just one month ahead of the launch of its third Greek destination, Mykonos.
Qatar Airways has been operating to Athens since June 2005, and in 2015 increased its service to the Greek capital from twice daily to three times daily.
The Athens route is operated by a mix of the airline’s fleet, including Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
In January 2018, Qatar Airways was also the first airline to bring the Airbus A350 to the city.