Qatar Airways set to expand network

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Qatar Airways set to expand network. The middle Eastern airline looks to expand its network by serving an initial 52 destinations at the end of May and further expanding to 80 destinations June. The airline has received widespread positive feedback for maintaining its network during the global crisis. Qatar Airways is to increase its network in accordance with the easing of restrictions and travel bans throughout the globe.

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Operational expansion

Qatar Airways is one of the very few airlines to have operated consistently throughout the crisis. The airline has operating to 30 destinations across the globe having transported one million people.

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Qatar Airways operated regular passenger, cargo, charter as well as ad hoc flights. Photo: Qatar Airways

This has enabled the airline to asses global trends in the long run which has prompted the airline to introduce additional flights and expand its network. The airline has been operating a large number of cargo, charter and ad-hoc flights.

“Throughout this crisis our passengers have been at the centre of our focus. Our airline has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence. We have maintained a flexible and agile network to help take over 1 million people home through our state of the art hub in Doha and to transport more than 100,000 tonnes of essential medical and aid supplies to where they are needed.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker had said in a statement

The airline expects short haul travel to resume first followed by travel between big business cities and move on to passengers wanting to visit their family and friends after a long period of lockdown.

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Destinations planned to be served

Qatar Airways aims to utilise its diverse fleet and plans to operate to 80 destinations by the end of June. It plans to serve most cities daily or with more added frequencies with its diverse fleet.

Qatar Airways is looking to expand its network to 80 destinations by June
Qatar Airways expects to serve around 80 destinations by the month of June. Photo: Qatar Airways

Initially it will focus on connecting its hub Doha with important commercial cities such as London, Chicago and Hong Kong.

The airline currently serves 30 destinations globally. It aims to expand its network to 50 destinations in May and resume services to destinations such as Manila, Amman, Nairobi with additional destinations added during June. By the end of June the airline plans to serve a total of destinations. These are as follows

Europe

Qatar Airways plans to serve 23 destinations in Europe. They are Athens, Brussels, Budapest, Moscow, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, Rome, Edinburg, London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Vienna, Zurich and Berlin.

Americas

In the America Qatar Airways plans to serve 4 destinations. Three in North America and one in South America which are Chicago, Dallas, Montreal and Sao Paulo.

Africa

Qatar Airways plans to serve Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Tunis and Logos.

Asia-Pacific

Qatar Airways aims to put a strong foot hold in this region with plans to operate to 33 destinations in this region. In the Pacific region it plans to operate to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

In the Asian region it plans to operate to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok,Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Calicut, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Banglore, Kolkata, Colombo, Kochi, Dhaka, New Delhi, Goa, Kathmandu, Male, Chennai, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

Middle East

In the middle East it plans to operate to Shiraz, Amman, Beirut, Bagdad, Basra, Erbil , Tehran, Sulaymaniyah, Kuwait, Muscat, Najaf, Sohar, Salalah and Mashad.

All these routes planned are subject to regulatory approval.

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