Qatar Airways becomes largest carrier operating above 15,000 flights to take 1.8 million people home
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the global aviation industry.
Qatar Airways has led the industry during these challenging times taking people home safely and reliably on more flights to more destinations than any other airline and becomes the largest airline in the world over the past three months.
These efforts have established the carrier as the airline passengers, governments and industry partners can rely on and trust.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “During this crisis, more passengers have chosen to fly with Qatar Airways than any other airline, and we appreciate the trust they have placed in us. We have become the largest global carrier flying over 50 million kilometers to repatriate over 1.8 million passengers on over 15,000 flights. This has enabled us to accumulate unrivaled experience of how to carry passengers safely and reliably during these uncertain times.
“Our wide network of flights during this period has ensured we have kept up to date with the latest in international airport procedures and implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures onboard our aircraft and in our award-winning home and hub, Hamad International Airport, recently voted the Best Airport in the Middle East for the sixth consecutive year. This is why more people rely on us for international travel than any other airline during this crisis and why we will continue to ensure the safest and most reliable experience for our passengers as we resume flights to more destinations over the summer”.
“Qatar Airways is a carrier that has been recognized as the World’s Best Airline on five occasions by Skytrax, built significant goodwill with governments and embassies as we assisted stranded citizens and most importantly, been available non-stop for stranded passengers during the pandemic. We have been here 24/7 during the darkest days and will continue to be a friend in need as confidence returns and people restart their travel plans.”
Qatar Airways has maintained a robust and agile network helping to take over 1.8 million passengers home. The airline has also worked closely with governments, and companies around the world to operate over 220 charters and extra sector flights helping reunite over 62,000 people with their loved ones.
As the global recovery from COVID-19 begins, the airline recently announced plans to gradually rebuild its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. By the end of June, the airline plans to expand its network to 80* destinations with more to be added by the end of the Summer Season.
To ensure travelers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has 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.
You may be thinking about holding off on your immediate travel plans. That’s why we have made it easy and flexible to change it for future travel dates or even a travel voucher with an additional 10% added value. #RelyOnUS pic.twitter.com/G7TU1FSC56— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) June 2, 2020
The airline’s cargo division has significantly increased operations to support global trade and the transport of essential medical and aid supplies to impacted regions. The air freight carrier has further established itself as the industry leader operating around 180 flights per day, utilizing passenger aircraft to carry freight-only in addition to the airline’s fleet of 28 freighters.
Working closely with governments and NGOs around the globe, Qatar Airways Cargo has transported over 175,000 tonnes of medical and aid supplies to impacted regions, the equivalent of roughly 1,750 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters.
Recently, Qatar Airways gave away 100,000 free tickets to frontline healthcare professionals to say thank you for their heroic work looking after people during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
These unprecedented times have seen the airline operate services to many destinations for the first time, helping repatriate stranded travelers and deliver essential supplies to where they are needed.
Some of the new destinations Qatar Airways has touched down in during this period include Brisbane, Christchurch, Port Moresby, Toronto, and Vancouver for passenger flights and Perth, Valencia, and Warsaw for freighter flights.
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