Qatar Airways Aims To Resume Flights To 52 Destinations By Start Of June

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Qatar Airways today revealed its plans to resume flights in a phased approach following the aviation industry’s biggest-ever slump. The staged reintroduction will see up to 52 destinations resumed by the end of May.

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Qatar Airways has maintained services to 30+ destinations during the current crisis. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Qatar Airways has been maintaining essential services across the globe while many other airlines have shut up shop. However, even the Middle East stalwart has had to make cuts as a result of the pandemic. Earlier today, it revealed that the airline is planning substantial job losses.

However, despite the unfortunate loss of jobs, Qatar is gearing up to bring its network back into service. The return to normality won’t happen overnight. Instead, it will take at least several months.

So, what’s the plan?

Qatar Airways today revealed a phased approach to return to normality. It looks as though those phases will be based on the calendar months. Currently, the Qatari carrier is still flying to around 30 of its destinations, including London and Frankfurt.

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Qatar Airways has carried 100,000 tonnes of medical aid since the crisis began. Photo: Getty Images

However, the airline is hoping to increase this figure by the end of May significantly. Indeed, Qatar Airways has targetted a total number of 52 destinations by resumed destinations will include Manila, Amman, and Nairobi.

However, even more, flights are planned for June. By the end of the month Qatar Airways hopes to have resumed flights to 80 destinations:

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  • Six in Africa;
  • Four in the Americas;
  • 33 in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • 23 in Europe;
  • 14 in the Middle East.

Of course, the exact figure will possibly change. The plan to resume flights is subject to government approval, meaning that some destinations may still not be possible. Indeed, the many destinations in India would be dependant on the Indian authorities lifting its flight ban.

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Qatar Airways is eyeing 80 destinations by the end of June. Photo: GCMap

1 million people carried home

Speaking about the plan to reactivate its network, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker commented that so far, the airline has helped over a million people to return home. Additionally, more than 100,000 tonnes of medical aid have been moved around the world. Al Baker commented:

“As we follow the indicators of the global travel market on a daily basis, we continue to focus on our mission… We have built a strong level of trust with passengers, governments, trade and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis and we intend to continue delivering on this mission as we gradually expand our network.”

Qatar believes that after months of lockdown, passengers will begin to move to see family and friends. As things stand, most needing to be repatriated have now made it home already. However, a return to travel revolves around the concept of quarantine.

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Qatar’s CEO, Akbar al-Baker, is monitoring the global travel market daily. Photo: Getty Images

Very few will chose to travel at all if faced with the prospect of a 14 day wait upon arrival. That could account for up to a month if both ends have a policy of quarantine. However, some like Emirates and Vienna airport is now offering virus tests.

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