With the corona outbreak and lockdown, the last few months have been quite difficult for everyone around the world. We all collectively have missed the freedom and joy of traveling dearly.
But after every dark cloud, there is a silver lining. And that silver lining is already here. The skies are going to host our flights again!
Qatar Airways announces flights to 52 destinations by end of May and 80 destinations by end of June
Exciting, isn’t it?
In what will be a phased approach, Qatar Airways will expand its network from the end of May onwards. The expansion will be dependent on the passenger demands as well as the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.
With strong assets like diverse yet efficient fleet, Qatar Airways is confident that by the end of June they will be reconnecting 80 destinations which will include 23 of Europe, 4 of Americas, 20 of middle-east/ Africa, and 33 of Asia-Pacific. Frequency size and destinations will gradually increase as well. The focus initially will be to strengthen the connections from Doha, Qatar Airways’ hub with hubs of its global partners like London, Chicago, Dallas, and Hong Kong; later continuing to connect with business and leisure hubs like Mumbai and Madrid.
Qatar Airways to Ensure the Highest Standards of Health and Safety
Since hygiene will be a major concern in the traveler’s mind during the travel, Qatar Airways is approaching the matter with great care and rigor. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Throughout this crisis, our passengers have been at the center of our focus. Our airline has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence.” He further stated, “We have maintained a flexible and agile network to help take over 1 million people home through our state of the art hub in Doha and to transport more than 100,000 tonnes of essential medical and aid supplies to where they are needed.”
Qatar Airways always strives to maintain the highest standards of hygiene. In the pursuit of the same, they undertake regular disinfection of aircraft using the cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as thermal screen their crew.
Their aircraft are equipped with advanced air filtration systems that use industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% viral and bacterial contaminants, thus providing effective protection against infection. The linen and blankets are washed, dried, and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures. The ear foams of headsets are removed, sanitized, and sealed in individual packing by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves after every flight.
Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) is also merited with ISO22000:2018 certification from Bureau Veritas with UKAS accreditation, which confirms its Food Safety Management System meeting the highest standards. The cutlery and utensils used for all meal services are washed, rinsed with fresh water at temperatures fatal to the pathogenic bacteria.
Qatar Airways destinations operating by end of June*
Addis Ababa (ADD), Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Lagos (LOS), Nairobi (NBO), Tunis (TUN)
Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Sao Paulo (GRU), Montreal (YUL)
Guangzhou (CAN), Hong Kong (HKG), Seoul (ICN), Tokyo (NRT), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG), Bangkok (BKK), Jakarta (CGK), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Manila (MNL), Singapore (SIN), Ahmedabad (AMD), Amritsar (ATQ), Bangalore (BLR), Mumbai (BOM), Calicut (CCJ), Kolkata (CCU), Colombo (CMB), Kochi (COK), Dhaka (DAC), New Delhi (DEL), Goa (GOI), Hyderabad (HYD), Kathmandu (KTM), Chennai (MAA), Male (MLE), Trivandrum (TRV), Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD)
Athens (ATH), Budapest (BUD), Moscow (DME), Istanbul (IST), Amsterdam (AMS), Stockholm (ARN), Barcelona (BCN), Brussels (BRU), Paris (CDG), Copenhagen (CPH), Dublin (DUB), Edinburgh (EDI), Rome (FCO), Frankfurt (FRA), London (LHR), Madrid (MAD), Manchester (MAN), Munich (MUC), Milan (MXP), Oslo (OSL), Berlin (TXL), Vienna (VIE), Zurich (ZRH)
Amman (AMM), Beirut (BEY), Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR), Erbil (EBL), Teheran (IKA), Sulaymaniyah (ISU), Kuwait (KWI), Muscat (MCT), Mashad (MHD), Najaf (NJF), Sohar (OHS), Salalah (SLL), Shiraz (SYZ)
*Subject to regulatory approval