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Qatar Airways increases capacity to North Africa.

Qatar Airways announced an increase in capacity between Qatar and North Africa with its flights to Tripoli and Casablanca going non-stop, from this weekend.

Effective June 1, scheduled services to the Libyan capital Tripoli will be de-linked from the Egyptian city of Alexandria offering additional seats to both cities.

On the same day, Morocco's biggest city and tourist destination Casablanca will have direct non-stop services from the airline's Doha hub. Currently the route is served via the Tunisian capital of Tunis.

With the de-linking and re-introduction of non-stop flights, Qatar Airways is giving passengers travelling to the four North African cities with more choice and flexibility when planning their travels.

Passengers from the Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East and can now take advantage of a seamless one-stop connection to Tripoliand Casablanca via Doha.

Travellers also have easier access through Doha to more than 100 destinations worldwide, including popular cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong,Jeddah, Manila, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Cochin,Dubai, Mumbai, Delhi andSingapore.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the re-introduction of non-stop flights to Tripoli and Casablanca demonstrated the airline's commitment to North Africa.

"We are delighted toresume non-stop flights from June 1to our two popular North African destinations," he said.

"Today's announcement is a significant step by Qatar Airways as we show our continued confidence inNorth Africa.This means more capacity and improved travel times to and from Tripoli and Casablanca to destinations across our network." Qatar Airways reintroduced scheduled services between Doha and Tripoli in February 2012 after temporarily suspending operations to the city due to the unstable political situation in Libya.

Initially, the route was served three-times-a-week, via Alexandria, and due to popular demand increased to daily services in August last year.

Qatar Airways also serves Libya's second largest city Benghazi with four flights each week directly from Doha.

The airline currently serves Tripoli with an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in BusinessClass and up to 132 seats in Economy. Selected A320s feature seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system.

The Casablanca route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 seats in Business Class. The aircraft features seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system- a choice of more than 800 audio and video on demand options.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 127 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

Qatar Airways has so far launched five destinations this year - Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA) and Salalah (Oman).

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Basra and Sulaymaniyah (Iraq on June 3 and August 20 respectively), Chengdu, China (September 3) and newly announced routes of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).

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