Qatar Airways is continuing to keeping the skies open and getting as many people home as they possibly can in these challenging times. The state-of-the-art aircraft with their advanced air filter systems, combined with strict bio-security screening of staff mean that they can continue operating a significant number of flights to reunite stranded passengers with their loved ones.
Their commitment to getting people home stepped up on 24 March with:
- 10,000 extra seats added to their network;
- The provision of charter services to Europe and the US from Asia;
- The addition of extra flights to Paris, Perth and Dublin from Doha;
- Upgrade of services to Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Perth with the addition of Airbus A380 on these routes.
Figures for the last seven days show load factors of over 80 per cent for flights to the UK, France and Germany, with a fall to 36 per cent for outbound services from the three countries, illustrating the demand for homeward travel.
Qatar Airways has flown more than 100,000 passengers home in the last seven days while 72 per cent of passengers carried on 24 March were nationals flying to their country of origin.
Working with embassies around the world, the airline has operated one-off services from destinations such as Phnom Penh, Denpasar, Manila and Kuala Lumpur to Europe. More than 5,000 passengers were flown home by these services over the last week, a number that is expected to more than triple over the next week.
Qatar Airways is currently operating flights to 75 destinations*, though this number may decrease as nations introduce tighter restrictions.
* A full list of operational routes can be seen at https://www.qatarairways.com/en/travel-alerts/COVID-19-update.html