Qatar Airways has confirmed it is ceasing operations to London Gatwick due to commercial reasons.

The last scheduled flight to operate on the Doha-London Gatwick route will be on 31 May. Passengers booked on flights after this date, will be given alternative travel options, including on the carrier’s Heathrow and Manchester routes.

“We are extremely sad to be losing London Gatwick from our network,” says Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways. “It’s been an incredible seven years since we launched the non-stop Gatwick services. But following a thorough review and analysis over the past 12 months, we concluded that we could no longer sustain the route for commercial reasons.”

The airline’s staff at Gatwick will be helped to find other positions at Heathrow, Manchester and elsewhere in the Qatar Airways network.

The airline is due to launch flights to Stuttgart on 6 March and to Aleppo on 6 April. Aleppo will be Qatar Airways’ 100th destination (MEED 14:2:11).