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Qatar Airways to Resume Regular Service to Brisbane With Three Weekly Flights From May 20, 2020

Qatar Airways announced on Thursday that they will resume regular service to Brisbane with three weekly flights from May 20, 2020. The carrier was previously granted exceptional approval to operate Brisbane repatriation flights in early April.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000 - Courtesy Airbus

Today, Qatar Airways announced that they will resume regularly scheduled service to Brisbane from May 20, 2020 with three weekly flights. The carrier was previously granted permission to operate special repatriation flights in early April, helping bring over 5,000 people home. Previously, the airline announced that it would expand its network to 80 destinations by the end of June 2020. Qatar Airways’ Brisbane flights will be operated with an Airbus A350-1000 configured with 46 Business and 281 Economy Class seats, connecting through the carrier’s state-of-the art hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Throughout the global COVID-19 crisis, Qatar Airways has maintained 24/7 operations with nearly 200 charter flights, repatriating over a million guests in cooperation with the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and others. In Thursday’s announcement, Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said,

“In these difficult times, customers are looking for an airline they can trust, our commitment and willingness to get people home continues to provide assurance. We have built a strong level of confidence with passengers, governments, trade partners, and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis and we intend to continue delivering on this mission. Qatar Airways received exceptional approval to operate short term services to Brisbane to repatriate the many tourists, students and diplomats who wanted to go back to their home countries. Our flights also provided Australians with an opportunity to come back home from various parts of the world including Europe, the Gulf and Middle East, Asia, and others. We successfully completed this task, but now there are more travelers wanting to get home. We know this is an anxious time for many stranded travelers around the world who want to be with their families and loved ones during this difficult time. With the resumption of these three-weekly flights, we are supporting critical passenger movements, and aiming to alleviate some of those anxieties.”

Qatar Airways continues to operate flights to 16 destinations in Europe including London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. By the end of June, the award-winning carrier plans on seven additional European destinations. With the resumption of flights to Brisbane, Qatar Airways will now offer 21 weekly flights to Australia with thrice-weekly service to Brisbane, four flights per week to Perth and daily service to both Melbourne and Sydney. All flights will be operated with an Airbus A350-1000.

Qatar Airways maintains the highest standards of hygiene including regular aircraft disinfection and thermal temperature screening of crewmembers. All the carrier’s aircraft feature industrial-sized HEPA filters which remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from recirculated air. Additionally, onboard linens and blankets are washed, dried and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures after every flight and sealed into individual packaging by team members wearing hygienic disposable gloves.

Source: Qatar Airways