Wayfarer TV: Qatar Airways’ global network grows to over 85 cities, 550 weekly flights

by James Wilkinson

Qatar Airways is continuing to re-build its international network and help lead the recovery of the aviation industry, thanks to the addition of more flights and destinations across the globe.

The move has seen the airline expand its network to over 85 cities and more than 550 weekly flights, including new frequencies to Ankara and Cebu to daily, Clark to six-week and Dhaka to five-weekly, while Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur will increase to double daily and Istanbul (SAW) will increase to triple daily.

In the month of August the airline has already announced the resumption of eight destinations, including:
-Adelaide (two-weekly flights started 16 August)
-Auckland (three-weekly flights via Brisbane starting 18 August)
-Houston (three-weekly flights starting 2 September increasing to four-weekly from 15 September)
-Kigali (three-weekly flights started 3 August)
-London Gatwick (daily flights starting 20 August)
-Nairobi (double daily flights started 3 August)
-Philadelphia (three-weekly flights starting 16 September)
-Sialkot (three-weekly flights starting 1 September)

The airline’s continuous operations throughout the pandemic and its variety of fuel-efficient efficient aircraft has also enabled it to rapidly increase frequencies, offering passengers more flexible travel options to many destinations including:
-Ankara (increasing to daily from 1 September)
-Cebu (increased to daily from 12 August)
-Clark (increased to six-weekly from 12 August)
-Dhaka (increasing to five-weekly from 23 August)
-Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore (increased to double daily from 10 August)
-Istanbul SAW (increasing to 11 weekly from 20 Aug then triple daily from 1 September)
-Jakarta (increased to double daily from 17 August)
-Kuala Lumpur (increased to double daily from 17 August)
-Los Angeles (increased to daily from 12 August)
-New York JFK (increasing to double daily from 1 September)

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways’ network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents.

“Our airline has led the industry in offering passengers more choices and greater flexibility so they can plan and book travel with confidence.

“We have also implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures onboard including becoming the first airline to require passengers to wear face shields in addition to face coverings.

“With our investment in one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient long haul fleets, strategic network management and the Best Airport in the Middle East, we have been able to quickly and effectively rebuild our network to more than 550 weekly flights to over 85 destinations across six continents.

“As the global recovery continues, Qatar Airways will remain focused on its fundamental mission of carrying passengers across the globe safely and reliably,” he said.

To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, Qatar Airways says it has also 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. The airline will also not charge any fare differences for travel completed before December 31, 2020, after which fare rules will apply.

According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier between April to June by fulfilling its mission of taking people home.