Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its 30th European destination with daily scheduled flights to the Croatian capital Zagreb last week. A traditional water salute at Zagreb Airport marked the arrival of Flight QR947 from Doha. The new route, operated via Budapest, also represents the first passenger flight to Croatia from the Gulf region. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker travelled on the inaugural service along with media from Asia, a key source market for the airline to its latest European gateway. Local dignitaries from the airport and political and business circles attended the airport arrival ceremony in Zagreb. Following route launches to Azerbaijan and Georgia in February, and last year's European expansion drive which saw Qatar Airways start services to seven destinations across the Continent ? almost half the 15 new routes inducted in 2011 ? the addition of Zagreb strengthens the carrier's footprint in Europe.