• Joe Breitfeller

Qatar Airways Expands Network to 124 Destinations for Winter; Extends Booking Flexibility

The airline will expand their network to 124 destinations for winter and extend their flexible booking options through December 31, 2020. Qatar Airways tickets will hold their value for two years with unlimited date changes or be exchanged for a voucher with a 10% bonus.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

On Friday (October 2, 2020), Qatar Airways announced an expansion of their winter 2020/21 schedule with service to 124 destinations by the end of the year including 21 in Africa, 10 in the Americas, 42 in Asia-Pacific, 38 in Europe and 13 in the Middle East. Many cities served will enjoy a robust schedule with daily or more frequencies. The carrier will also extend their booking flexibility options through December 31, 2020. In Friday’s announcement, Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,

“We are proud to be the global airline passengers trust to take them where they want to go safely and reliably. This trust begins by offering an honest schedule of flights that is realistic of the current market conditions and entry restrictions around the world. Also, we ensure when entry restrictions change forcing us to postpone or cancel flights, we support our passengers with the most flexible and generous options to reschedule their plans.

“While no airline can predict with 100% certainty how the market will recover or future entry restrictions, our unrivalled experience accumulated by becoming the largest international carrier during this crisis uniquely positions us to build a realistic schedule of flights with confidence. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have flown over 175 million kilometers taking home over 2.3 million passengers on over 35,000 flights. We have also operated more than 400 charter flights across the world allowing us to stay up to date with the latest airport and national health procedures and maintain a finger on the pulse of global passenger flows, in particular in markets where we do not operate regular flights.

“Our strategic investment in a variety of fuel efficient twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled us to continue flying throughout this crisis and perfectly positions us to lead the sustainable recovery of international travel. As we continue to rebuild our global network, we remain focused on providing seamless, safe and reliable connectivity to our millions of passengers and ensuring we continue to earn their trust every time they choose to fly with Qatar Airways.”

Qatar Airways Expands Winter 2020/21 Schedule to 124 Destinations - Courtesy Qatar Airways

In a separate announcement on Friday (October 2, 2020), Qatar Airways announced that they will extend their flexible booking options for tickets issued before December 31, 2020. Customers wishing to change their tickets will have many attractive options as tickets will hold their value for two years and customers can make unlimited date changes. Additionally, tickets can be exchanged for a future travel voucher with a 10% bonus. If travel plans are impacted by circumstances outside of a customer’s control, Qatar Airways Privilege Club Members can change their destination within the same continental region, while non-members can change destinations within the same country or a 500 mile radius. Alternatively, customers can exchange their ticket for Qmiles or request a refund without cancellation fees.

Celebrated and award-winning Qatar Airways was named the ‘World’s Best Airline’ in the 2019 World Airline Awards managed by Skytrax. The carrier was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and awarded the title for ‘Best Business Class Seat.’ Qatar Airways is the only airline ever to have received the prestigious “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title five times. The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways normally serves over 170 global destinations with a fleet of more than 250 modern aircraft. The airline’s primary hub is located at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

Source: Qatar Airways


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