As of October 16, 2020, the resumption of three weekly flights to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, will mean that the airline has expanded its network to 700 destinations, with more than 100 flights per week.
The airline's fleet of new and diverse aircraft offers passengers more flexible travel options and excellent connections via Hamad International Airport, which has been selected as the "Best Airport" in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways is pleased to announce the resumption of its Sofia flights via Bucharest as the 100th point of the global flight network. As of October 16, 2020, the airline will have made more than 3 flights per week in 6 continents, with 700 weekly flights to Sofia.
The airline's fuel-efficient aircraft and strategic network management allowed it to quickly continue its flights and expand its services based on passenger demand.
The flights planned to restart and increase the frequency are as follows;
Bucharest (three weekly flights starting October 16)
Copenhagen (increased to 12 weekly flights since 10 October)
Madrid (increased to 12 weekly flights, starting October 10)
Manchester (increased to 12 weekly flights since 17 October)
Singapore (two daily flights starting October 25)
Sofia (three weekly flights starting October 16)
Stockholm (increased to 12 weekly flights, starting October 10)
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said: “As one of the few airlines that fly continuously to get their passengers safely home during the pandemic, we are proud to reach this important milestone in the restructuring of our flight network. Our focus is not only to expand our flight network, but also to offer a wide range of flexibility by increasing frequency to allow our passengers to travel whenever they want. We currently operate more than 700 flights per week and aim to increase our flight network to more than 2020 destinations by the end of 125. In this way, our passengers will be able to travel safely whenever they want and enjoy more options. ”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has flown more than 175 million kilometers, safely delivering more than 37.000 million passengers home with more than 2.3 flights. The airline also followed the most up-to-date airport and national health procedures, kept the pulse of global passenger flows in markets with no regular scheduled flights, and operated over 400 charter flights worldwide.
Owning the world's largest Airbus A350 fleet, Qatar Airways' strategic investment in diverse and fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft has enabled the airline to continue its operations and lead the sustainable improvement of international travel throughout the pandemic. By the end of 2020, Qatar Airways plans to re-expand its network to more than 20 destinations, including 11 in Africa, 41 in the Americas, 38 in the Asia-Pacific, 15 in Europe and 125 in the Middle East. Flights to many cities will be made every day or on a strong schedule based on several frequencies per day.
Qatar Airways' flight operations are not limited to any particular aircraft type, and the airline's modern, fuel-efficient environmental fleet has ensured that it can continue to fly by offering the right capacity in every market. Due to the impact COVID-19 had on travel demand, the airline decided to park these planes in its fleet because it believed it was not commercially or environmentally correct to use a large aircraft such as the Airbus 380 in the current market. Airline; It continues to fly with '49 Airbus 350 and 30 Boeing 787 fleet', strategically the ideal choice for long-distance routes to Africa, America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.
The in-flight security measures offered by Qatar Airways include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a free protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. On aircraft equipped with Qsuite, Business Class passengers can enjoy a wealth of personal space and freedom, including the option to use the privacy-enhancing moving parts of this award-winning seat and the “Do Not Disturb” indicator. Qsuite; It is available on flights to more than 30 destinations, including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. You can visit qatarairways.com/safety for full details of the security measures implemented.
Qatar Airways also implemented strict cleaning procedures and social distancing measures at Hamad International Airport (HIA), its headquarters in Doha. During the COVID-19 period, it implemented the ICAO's Aviation Health Safety Protocol and became the first organization in the world to be approved in the independent audit by BSI (British Standards Institution). This approval was given after the successful inspections of the International Civil Aviation Organization in compliance with the Civil Aviation Improvement Department "ICAO CART". This significant achievement shows that the State of Qatar is the first country in the world to be audited and approved by BSI in the implementation of the COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol.
Avoiding any attempt to protect its passengers, HIA continues to maintain a physical distance of 1,5 meters at all passenger contact points around the airport with landmarks, signs and distance seats. Passenger contact points are disinfected at 10-15 minute intervals and boarding gates are cleaned after each flight. HIA is encouraging travelers to contactless and cashless transactions via credit cards at retail, food and beverage outlets, and is considering launching online or in-app purchases in the coming days. The airport also regularly disinfects all luggage trolleys and boxes at security points.
HIA was selected as the “World's Third Airport” among 2020 airports worldwide by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 550. HIA was also awarded the "Best Airport in the Middle East" for the sixth consecutive time and the "Best Personnel Service in the Middle East" awards for the fifth time.
The airline also has flexible reservation and return policies so that its passengers can plan their travels with peace of mind.
Hibya News Agency