Qatar launches new routes including Seychelles


Hitting the airways in PPE - cabin staff on board a Qatar plane.


Qatar Airways is connecting with more destinations this month from its hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha.


The resumption of services to the Seychelles, Amman and Hanoi, as well as several African destinations, will see the airline’s global network triple in size by mid-October.


Amman, Jordan, is now seeing daily flights from Qatar Airways, Clark in the Philippines is receiving ten weekly flights, Madrid increases to ten flights a week from October 1, Manila will have 17 weekly flights from October 2, Hanoi will receive four weekly flights starting on October 3 and from October 15 Copenhagen will see an increase to ten weekly flights, Manchester to 17 flights, and the Seychelles and Stockholm will each welcome three flights a week.


“We are proud to be the leading global airline connecting passengers with the world,” said Qatar’s group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. “Our focus throughout the rebuild of our network is not only on restarting destinations but also operating as many frequencies as possible to provide our passengers with the flexibility to travel when they want.”


The airline believes that by continuing to fly throughout the pandemic it has gained the trust of passengers as a carrier that can be relied on.


“We have taken more international passengers home than any other airline during this pandemic,” said Al Baker.


However, Qatar has not been left unscathed by the global pandemic. Earlier this summer the carrier estimated it needed to cut 20% of its workforce to adapt to reduced demand and last month it instigated another round of pilot layoffs.


To accommodate the ‘new normal’ for passengers, the airline has extended its booking policies to allow unlimited date changes. Passengers can also change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. No fare differences will be charged before December 31, 2020. All tickets booked for travel up to December 31, 2020, will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. Check online for more information.


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