Qatar Airways yesterday announced its summer schedule, and fortunately, it looks nothing like the one of 2020.
The national carrier of the state of Qatar, which never stopped flying during the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to operate over 1,200 weekly flights to more than 140 destinations across the globe including 23 in Africa, 14 in the Americas, 43 in Asia-Pacific, 43 in Europe and 19 in Middle East during IATA’s summer season.
Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said:
We are proud to lead the recovery of international aviation, implementing the highest standards of bio-safety and hygiene and investing in the latest innovations to simplify travel and restore passenger confidence during the most challenging period in aviation’s history. Having never stopped flying throughout the pandemic, we have used our unrivalled experience and modern, fuel-efficient fleet to operate a sustainable and reliable network our passengers, trade partners and corporate customers can rely on. We also continue to offer the largest international network, including launching seven new destinations, to provide the connectivity our passengers and cargo customers need. As the global vaccine rollout begins to gather pace, we look forward to a gradual easing of entry restrictions throughout 2021 and welcoming back our millions of passengers on board the World’s Best Airline.
Qatar Airways destinations operating by the peak of IATA Summer Season 2021:
- Addis Ababa
- Cape Town
- Dar Es Salaam
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- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
- São Paolo
- Washington D.C.
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lampur
- New Delhi
- Tokyo Narita
- Istanbul Sahiba
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- Abu Dhabi
Quarantine-free holiday packages
Qatar has indeed already reinforced its position as a global leader in the rebound of air travel. In March, the airline will have operated 2.6 billion available seat kilometers. The airline is already back to 70% capacity of its pre-COVID schedule, operating over 1,000 flights per week to 130 destinations.
Qatar airways has announced resumption of flights to Mykonos and Qatar has struck a deal with the Greek government. Qatari citizens and residents that have been vaccinated against COVID will be allowed to forego quarantine with special holiday packages. The airline hopes that more countries will follow suit.
Not the only airline optimistic about summer season
Qatar Airways is not the only airline hoping pent-up travel demand will cause a surge in bookings once vaccinations are sufficiently underway. Over on the other side of the globe, the US carriers such as Delta, United, American, Alaska and Southwest are optimistic too about surge in travel during the summer season.
Featured image by Qatar Airways
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