Qatar Airways has announced its winter schedule in line with passenger and cargo demand and the continued relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.
Having become the largest international carrier during this crisis, the airline has applied its unrivalled knowledge of global passenger flows and booking trends to load a reliable winter schedule passengers can trust, according to a statement.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker, said: “We are proud to be the global airline passengers trust to take them where they want to go safely and reliably. This trust begins by offering an honest schedule of flights that is realistic of the current market conditions and entry restrictions around the world. Also we ensure when entry restrictions change forcing us to postpone or cancel flights, we support our passengers with the most flexible and generous options to reschedule their plans.
“While no airline can predict with 100% certainty how the market will recover or future entry restrictions, our unrivalled experience accumulated by becoming the largest international carrier during this crisis uniquely positions us to build a realistic schedule of flights with confidence.”
Al-Baker said, “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have flown over 175mn km taking home over 2.3mn passengers on over 35,000 flights. We have also operated more than 400 charter flights across the world allowing us to stay up-to-date with the latest airport and national health procedures and maintain a finger on the pulse of global passenger flows, in particular in markets where we do not operate regular flights.
“Our strategic investment in a variety of fuel efficient twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled us to continue flying throughout this crisis and perfectly positions us to lead the sustainable recovery of international travel. As we continue to rebuild our global network, we remain focused on providing seamless, safe and reliable connectivity to our millions of passengers and ensuring we continue to earn their trust every time they choose to fly with Qatar Airways.”
By the end of 2020, Qatar Airways’ plans to rebuild its network to 124 destinations, including 21 in Africa, 10 in the Americas, 42 in Asia-Pacific, 38 in Europe, and 13 in Middle East. Many cities will be served with a strong schedule with daily or more frequencies.
Qatar Airways destinations operating by end of 2020 (Subject to regulatory approval):
Africa – Accra, Addis Ababa, Algiers, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dar Es Salaam, Djibouti, Durban, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Luanda, Maputo, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tunis, Windhoek, Zanzibar
Americas – Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, Washington DC
Asia-Pacific – Ahmedabad, Adelaide, Amritsar, Auckland, Bali, Bangalore, Bangkok, Brisbane, Calicut, Cebu, Chennai, Clark, Colombo, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Goa, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Jakarta, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Male, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Perth, Peshawar, Phuket, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Trivandrum
Europe – Amsterdam, Ankara, Athens, Baku, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest , Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Istanbul, Istanbul Sabiha, Kiev, Larnaca, London, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague , Rome, Sofia, Stockholm, Tbilisi, Vienna, Warsaw, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich,
Middle East – Amman, Baghdad, Basra, Beirut, Erbil, Isfahan, Kuwait, Mashhad, Muscat, Najaf, Shiraz, Sulaymaniyah and Tehran.
According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier between April to July by fulfilling its mission of taking people home. This enabled the airline to accumulate unmatched experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably and uniquely positioned the airline to effectively rebuild its network. The carrier has stringently implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures on board its aircraft and in Hamad International Airport.
Qatar Airways operations are not dependent on any specific aircraft type. The airline’s variety of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market.
Due to Covid-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choice for the most strategically important long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions.