NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 3 – Qatar Airways has resumed to over half the destinations it operated pre-COVID-19.
In a statement, the airline says it has never fallen to below 30 destinations and has been offering continuous services to five continents since the onset of the pandemic.
As such, the airline says that by mid this month, it will operate over 650 weekly flights to more than 85 destinations.
For instance, starting this month, Qatar Airways will resume flights to cities which include Houston, Kathmandu, Mogadishu and Philadelphia.
At the same time, the airline says it will increase frequencies in destinations that include Ankara, Baghdad, Djibouti, New York and London among others.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker says the gradual rebuilding of the network has been focused on strengthening connections between the hub in Doha and key gateways around the world as well as major business and leisure destinations.
Baker added that the resumption of flights to Philadelphia will provide seamless connections via their U.S. partners to several key domestic points such as Atlanta, Detroit and Miami.
Similarly, the increase in frequencies to Djibouti, Ho Chi Minh City, London and New York will provide further air freight capacity to the important trade and economic centres.
“The recovery of international travel will take time but returning to over 50 per cent of our pre-COVID-19 network is a significant milestone. Restoring passenger confidence is key, and we are proud to lead the industry by offering one of the most flexible and generous booking policies that enables customers to plan their travel with confidence,” he said.
“By continuing to fly during the pandemic while others stopped, we have gained the trust of passengers as an airline they can rely on. We have taken more international passengers’ home than any other airline during this pandemic and as entry restrictions ease and we resume more of our pre-COVID-19 network, we remain focused on our fundamental mission of carrying passengers across the globe safely and reliably.”
“There are still millions of people who have not seen their friends and families for months and our growing network allows them to travel home or take a trip to see loved ones. With a young fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 operating the majority of the current network, Qatar Airways continues to offer passengers a sustainable solution for their travel plans,” he said.