Effective September 1, Qatar Airways Cargo has resumed its freighter services to Bahrain. In addition to its 21 weekly narrowbody passenger flights to Bahrain, the airline is now operating three weekly freighter services, providing an additional 200 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity to and from Bahrain.
Liesbeth Oudkerk, Senior Vice President of Cargo Sales and Network Planning, expressed the significance of the move: "We are glad to be back in Bahrain with dedicated freighters three times a week. Bahrain is an important market for us, and having a consistent freighter service will contribute to the economic and trade growth between Qatar and Bahrain."
Imported goods into Bahrain include general cargo and perishables like fruits, vegetables, and meat, while exports consist of general cargo and dangerous goods.
With the addition of Bahrain, Qatar Airways Cargo now serves 24 Middle Eastern destinations with freighter and passenger bellyhold flights, providing a combined weekly cargo capacity of over 4,500 tonnes to and from the Middle East.
Qatar Airways Cargo has been focusing on expanding its capacity and network in recent months. In May, it launched a cargo hub in Kigali, Rwanda, in partnership with RwandAir, marking its first cargo hub outside Qatar. The previous month, it introduced a weekly direct freighter service from Bogota, Colombia, to Dallas, Texas, using a Boeing B777F aircraft. Last year, Qatar Airways ordered 34 new-generation 777-8F freighters with options for a further 16. Deliveries are set to begin in 2027.