DESTINATION ROLLOUT CONTINUES AS QATAR AIRWAYS ADDS MORE FLIGHTS AND ROUTES
(Posted 22nd June 2020)
The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to maintain its position as the largest international carrier in the world, operating over 270 weekly flights to more than 45 destinations. The airline’s gradual rebuilding of its network continues with flights resuming in the past week to the following destinations:
· Budapest (three weekly flights started 15 June)
· Dar es Salaam (three weekly flights started 16 June)
· Dhaka (daily flights started 15 June)
· Istanbul (daily flights started 13 June)
· New York (flights started 19 June, daily from 22 June and 10 weekly from 2 July)
As entry restrictions ease around the world, the carrier is also seeing a rise in bookings due to the strong levels of trust built with passengers as it took home over 1.8 million people safely and reliably during this crisis including many left stranded by other airlines. With demand steadily rising, Qatar Airways has increased frequencies to the following destinations in the past week:
- Athens (increased from three weekly to daily flights)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (increased from three weekly to daily flights)
- Dublin (increased from five weekly to daily flights)
- Islamabad (now operating double daily flights)
- Jakarta (increased from four weekly to daily flights)
- Karachi (now operating double daily flights)
- Lahore (now operating double daily flights)
- Milan (increased from five weekly to daily flights)
- Rome (increased from six weekly to daily flights)
- Singapore (increasing from three weekly to daily flights)
The national carrier of the State of Qatar also continues to operate daily flights to many key global destinations including Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Melbourne, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich offering a resilient network that is designed for strong connectivity.
Qatar Airways has led the industry during these challenging times accumulating unrivalled experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably, especially in comparison to those airlines that have fully grounded their operations. The airline continues to provide an honest network that can be relied upon and trusted to operate. By maintaining a global network that never fell below 30 destinations, Qatar Airways has remained up to date with the latest in international airport procedures and implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures on board its aircraft and in Hamad International Airport (HIA), recently voted the Best Airport in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row. For full details of all the measures we have implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.
To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has also extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.
Passengers flying Business Class on Qsuite equipped aircraft can avail of the enhanced privacy this award-winning suite provides, including sliding privacy partitions and fully closing doors that create a private sanctuary. Passengers can also opt to use the ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator in their private suite, if they wish to limit their interactions with the cabin crew. Qsuite continues to be available on flights to more than 30 destinations including London, Sydney, Singapore and Dallas Fort Worth with plans to add it to more routes throughout the summer.
Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline has implemented several changes, including the introduction of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight. Passengers will also be required to wear face coverings inflight, with the carrier recommending travellers bring their own for fit and comfort purposes.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. All passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and every boarding gate and bus gate counter is cleaned after each flight. In addition, hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and security screening points. HIA was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.
Announcements about a return to Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali, Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar are awaited though the continued closure of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Entebbe International Airport for passenger flights will first need to be lifted before the airline can begin to work on the logistics to resume services.