Qatar Airways


It’s gorgeous, well-priced and certainly one of our favourite holiday destinations – Qatar Airways has launched a new service to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt starting December 3 with twice-weekly flights.


  • This new route will follow the resumption of operations to Luxor on November 23 with four weekly flights.
  • The new routes will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320 and offer seamless connectivity via the World’s Best Airport to many destinations.
  • In addition to this, Qatar Airways has also become the first global airline to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax.
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In a further expansion of services to Egypt, Qatar Airways will also increase its Cairo service starting from October 1, increasing flights to the capital to triple daily. The resumption of operations to Luxor and launching of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh sees Qatar Airways now operate a total of 34 weekly flights to Egypt via the World’s Best Airport, Hamad International Airport (HIA) as voted by Skytrax. The new services will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in First Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.


The resumption of operations to Luxor and the launch of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh will enable passengers flying to and from these destinations to enjoy seamless connectivity to over 140 destinations in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the Americas. Sharm El-Sheikh is beautifully situated between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. In 2018, The Sandton Times visited the luxury, all-inclusive resort Rixos Premium Seagate to get a taste of this beautiful part of Egypt.


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Rixos provides an outstanding resort experience with professional entertainment, divine food, and activities in traditional Turkish hospitality. Image: The Sandton Times

This luxury 5-star resort, located in the Red Sea’s renowned diving region, offers an all-inclusive experience with every possible attraction one could ask for, including their very own waterpark, Rixos Aquaventure Park, which residents have full access to. The resort features 20 restaurants and bars which offer all-day dining from breakfast through until dinner or midnight feasts for those partying until late into the night at one of the live entertainment venues.


The selection of rooms is fabulous which come with their very own fully stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, LCD TV with international channels, great bathroom, Garden, or Partial Pool views, depending on tier. For those wanting to try a holiday destination that will soon become an all-time favourite, the flight details are as follows:


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Rixos Premium Seagate has multiple large pools to take a dip in or swim up to the in-pool bar for a cocktail. Image: The Sandton Times

Flight Schedule – Luxor: Starting November 23
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all times local)
Doha (DOH) to Luxor (LXR) QR1321 departs: 08:25am arrives: 11am
Luxor (LXR) to Doha (DOH) QR1322 departs: 12:10pm arrives: 4:05pm


Flight Schedule – Sharm El-Sheikh: Starting December 3
Tuesday and Friday (all times local)
Doha (DOH) to Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) QR1311 departs: 9am arrives: 10:45am
Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) to Doha (DOH) QR1312 departs: 1:15pm arrives: 5:30pm


Qatar Airways features flexible booking policies that offer unlimited changes in travel dates and destinations and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued for travel completed by May 31.


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