Aerolineas Argentinas plans charters for Qatar World Cup via Rome
Aerolíneas Argentinas has announced that it will operate at least six charter flights between Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) to transport soccer fans to the World Cup, which will play from November 21 to December 18, 2022. How will these flights take place and what aircraft will Aerolíneas Argentinas use on this new route? Let’s investigate further.
Go to Qatar
Argentina have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar at the end of this year. The South American country will play in Group C against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
Argentina’s fan base is among the most loyal in the world and always fills the stadiums when their national team plays. Aerolíneas Argentinas has found a business opportunity and has announced that it will operate six charter flights to Doha, two services per game, to transport fans to see their team in Qatar.
Additionally, if Argentina passes the group stage, Aerolíneas Argentinas will add more charter flights, the airline said.
The first flight will take place on November 19, departing from Ezeiza at 3:25 p.m. Due to the distance between Buenos Aires and Doha (approximately 8,288 miles or 13,338 kilometers), Aerolíneas Argentinas will operate these charter flights with a stopover at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). The stopover will last one hour before returning to Doha. Flight time will be around 7 p.m., the airline said.
Aerolíneas Argentinas will operate the remaining flights on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.
Aerolíneas Argentinas will use its Airbus A330-200 fleet to connect Buenos Aires and Doha via Rome. Photo: Getty Images.
Using the A330
To operate these charter flights to Doha, Aerolíneas Argentinas will deploy its long-haul Airbus A330-200 fleet.
These airliners have the capacity to carry 270 passengers in a two-class cabin. There are 24 flat-angle Club Condor seats and 248 standard economy seats.
Aerolíneas Argentinas currently has nine Airbus A330-200s and expects to receive an additional unit later this year.
Pablo Ceriani, CEO of Aerolíneas Argentinas, said:
“This charter service is a great opportunity to generate additional income, and it is also very special because it feeds the passion for Argentine football.”
Long-haul destinations Aerolíneas Argentinas
Currently, Aerolíneas Argentinas operates approximately 56 weekly flights using its long-haul fleet of Airbus A330-200s. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aerolíneas has not fully restored its long-haul connectivity. According to data provided by Cirium, the Argentine state airline still needs to recover 17.6% of flights operated with the A330-200 in May 2019.
Aerolíneas Argentinas serves six routes with the A330, including one that is not long-haul but has high leisure demand (Buenos Aires-El Calafate).
Here are the routes operated by Aerolíneas:
- Buenos Aires-Miami, nine frequencies per week
- Buenos Aires-Madrid, seven frequencies per week
- Buenos Aires-Cancun, four frequencies per week
- Buenos Aires-Punta Cana, three frequencies per week
- Buenos Aires-New York, three frequencies per week
- Buenos Aires-El Calafate, two frequencies per week.
Are you Argentinian and planning to travel to Qatar? Would you consider using Aerolíneas Argentinas to get to Doha? What do you think of Aerolineas’ service? Let us know in the comments
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