Qatar Airways will be resuming services to Brisbane, Australia with three-weekly flights starting this week, from 20 May. The flights will be operated by an Airbus A350-1000 and will offer 46 seats in Business Class and 281 seats in Economy Class, with flights connecting through the airline’s state-of-the-art hub at Hamad International Airport.
The airline is resuming services after previously receiving short-term approval to operate to Brisbane from late-March to early April. During this period Qatar Airways helped reunite over 5,000 stranded travellers with their loved ones and transported over 270 tonnes of cargo, including Australian agriculture exports.
By maintaining 24/7 operations throughout the crisis, including almost 200 charter flights, Qatar Airways has become the leading airline in taking people home, repatriating over one million people worldwide and in the process receiving widespread praise and thanks from passengers and governments, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, among others.
According to Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, they received exceptional approval to operate short term services to Brisbane to repatriate the many tourists, students and diplomats who wanted to go back to their home countries.
Qatar Airways have successfully completed the task, but now there are more travellers wanting to go home. HE Al Baker said that they know this is an anxious time for many stranded travellers around the world who want to be with their families and loved ones during this difficult time.
With the resumption of these three-weekly flights, we are supporting critical passenger movements, and aiming to alleviate some of those anxieties.
With the resumption of flights to Brisbane, Qatar Airways will operate 21 passenger flights per week to Australia:
- Three-weekly flights to Brisbane (Airbus A350-1000)
- Four-weekly flights to Perth (Airbus A350-1000)
- Daily flights to Melbourne (Airbus A350-1000)
- Daily flights to Sydney (Airbus A350-1000)
Flexible Booking Policy
Qatar Airways has also extended their flexible booking policy to offer better options to passengers when planning their travel. 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 one. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance.
Alternatively, Qatar Airways passengers can swap their ticket for Qmiles to use however they like, or exchange it for a travel voucher with 10% additional value, also valid for two years. Further options include refunding tickets to the original form of payment if the flights get cancelled, or in the form of a travel voucher. For full terms and conditions qatarairways.com.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to operate approximately 150 scheduled flights per week to over 30 destinations around the world. The airline recently announced plans to gradually rebuild its network in line with the evolution of passenger demand and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. Click HERE to find out where they still fly.
As an airline, Qatar Airways maintains the highest possible hygiene standards, including the regular disinfection of aircraft, the use of cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and thermal screening of crew.