The Arab Emirate-based airline Qatar Airways has announced a new four times a week flight service to the Indian beach destination of Goa from Qatar's capital Doha. Travellers from Europe can expect to enjoy 'excellent connections' at Doha. An Airbus A320 operates on the service, offering 12 seats in business class and 132 economy spaces. Qatar Airways has increased its presence in India in 2009. The last addition to the airline's Indian operations was a service to Amritsar, which was introduced at the beginning of October. Indian cities including Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai are already served by the airline. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' chief executive officer, said: 'Qatar Airways is delighted to have extended its reach in this wonderful country of India with the arrival of our first flight to Goa. ' Mr Al Baker added: 'With a huge Goan community living and working in the Gulf, our new route has been long awaited and will help facilitate travel for expatriates between our two regions and beyond. 'Furthermore, being the start of the winter holiday season, Goa will see a huge influx of holidaymakers from across the world, especially Europe. ' In other news from Qatar Airways, the airline will launch flights to its first Australian destination, Melbourne, from the beginning of December. A route to Sydney is expected to follow.