Qatar Airways, effective 1st June 2011, will terminate its flights to London Gatwick. The airline presently operates daily to the airport. The excess capacity will be utilized to increase flights to Manchester to twice daily.
The airline will instead focus its London strategy around Heathrow airport, where it flies four times a day. This will leave Emirates as the sole Gulf carrier operating to London Gatwick, with its three daily flights.
The Gatwick route is one of Qatar's worst performing, with average loads reportedly ranging between 50%-60% and with a lower yield.
Gatwick is the fifth airport to which Qatar has terminated service since its second incarnation in 1997, with the rest being Nagpur, Newark, Sharjah and Yangon.