British Airways aims to expand its joint commercial agreement with IAG shareholder and Oneworld alliance partner, Qatar Airways, to provide better access to everyone’s networks.

BA recently reopened its connection to Doha, with a Boeing 777-200ER service from London Gatwick, and the two carriers will jointly operate up to six daily flights between the cities over the winter, including a connection to Gatwick .

The extended cooperation will provide “improved access” from Europe to destinations such as Singapore, Sydney, Colombo and Nairobi as well as European cities such as Amsterdam, Madrid and Dublin.

BA says carriers expect to receive regulatory approval notifications in the first half of next year.

“The proposed expansion of the joint venture will be great news for customers, giving them access to more destinations around the world with seamless connections,” said Managing Director Sean Doyle.

He says the cooperation will provide “more options” for passengers to travel to leisure destinations, including the Maldives and the Seychelles.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Akbar Al Baker said the development is an “important step” in providing customers with access to “the most extensive route network and unrivaled product”.