Qatar Airways expands its network to include Doha to Birmingham route

From 30 March 2016 Qatar airways will be adding Doha to Birmingham to its current services to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh. 2016 schedule will be:

Monday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday

Doha to Birmingham at 13:25, and Birmingham to Doha at 9:15

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Doha to Birmingham at 7:30, and Birmingham to Doha at 15:00

This route will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner, that includes two-cabin configurations (Business class and Economy class seats). Business travel passengers can enjoy the fully-flat bed while economy class can also benefit from 10.6 inch wide screens with latest entertainment.

This new route opens opportunities for Birmingham travellers to benefit from seamless onward connections to 152 business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network, including Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok.

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To make arrivals easier British Airways announced new e-passport gates at Terminal 5.

There are 15 e-passport gates currently opened at London Heathrow Terminal 5, which allows quicker process for customers to get through the UK border control. Travellers can simply scan their e-passport at the barrier, during which the system will run face recognition check. Once the system finds them eligible to enter, gates will automatically open, letting travellers in. The only requirements are for travellers to be over 18 and carrying an e-passport that shows the ‘chip’ logo on the front, which was issued by European Economic Area or Switzerland.