The world’s first airport lounge exclusively for seafarers and offshore workers has surpassed over 50,000 visitors since it opened its doors in late 2020. The 50,000-visitor mark was celebrated in time for the International Maritime Organization’s Day of the Seafarer.

Located at Hamad International Airport (HIA), the Mariner Lounge was officially opened by the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, HE Akbar Al Baker on 25 June.

Mariner Lounge

The dedicated lounge facilities provide ship crews and those working in offshore industries travelling with Qatar Airways an exclusive and luxurious haven during their journey. In addition to an international selection of food and beverage, the lounge also offers unlimited high-speed wifi, shower facilities, a television area, reading materials and a Business Centre.

Mariner Lounge 1According to HE Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways is pleased to have played a leading role in the repatriation of seafarers stranded due to the pandemic. He said that the international shipping industry is the lifeblood of the world economy and as a leading global airline, Qatar Airways is truly proud to support the crews who, along with the airline industry, keeps the world moving.

We offer something no other airport or airline in the world currently provides – a peaceful space for these key workers to relax during their flight transfer as they make their way home or journey to their next posting. I hope many more maritime workers will sample our hospitality at the Mariner Lounge.

Eligible seafarers and offshore workers can relax in style and experience exclusive benefits of the new lounge in addition to world-class service and hospitality.

Working safely through the crises

Since April 2020, Qatar Airways has carried more than 380,000 seafarers and offshore workers, including repatriations and crew changes. Around 100 charters carry around 28,000 mariners during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the aviation industry but despite this, Qatar Airways never ceased operations and worked diligently to take people home safely and reliably throughout the crisis. The airline has also added eight new destinations in the past 12 months including San Francisco and Seattle in the US, Abidjan, Abuja, Accra and Luanda in Africa, and Brisbane and Cebu in the Asia Pacific.

As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub – HIA – achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating.

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