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Qatar Airways has grown to be the largest airline in the world during the current crisis, primarily due to the fact that it has continued to serve a variety of routes while most other large airlines have dramatically shrunk their capacities. Now, as airlines around the world begin to ramp up their services once more, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it now offers over 270 weekly flights to over 45 destinations…and the numbers keep growing.
In an interview with British TV last week, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker suggested that his airline is aiming to offer up to 75% of its schedule within the next 8 weeks and, based on the information the airline has recently released, it looks as if that quest has already started in earnest.
In the past week, Qatar Airways has restarted services to…
- Budapest (operating 3x/week from 15 June)
- Dar es Salaam (operating 3x/week from 16 June)
- Dhaka (operating 3x/week from 15 June)
- Istanbul (operating a daily service from 13 June)
- New York (operating a daily service from 22 June with an increase to 10 weekly flights from 2 July)
…and it has scheduled increases in service to:
- Athens (3x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (3x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Dublin (5x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Islamabad (daily service –>double daily service)
- Jakarta (4x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Karachi (daily service –>double daily service)
- Lahore (daily service –>double daily service)
- Milan (5x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Rome (6x/weekly flights –> daily service)
- Singapore (3x/weekly flights –> daily service)
Qatar Airways also continues to offer services to/from numerous other global destinations including Amsterdam, London, Melbourne, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich and, in addition to what has been mentioned above, the airline has also confirmed that it is increasing services to Chicago and restarting services to Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC from 1 July (more details here).
Overall this is good news for travelers and its very good news for miles & points enthusiasts who like to use Qatar Airways as a luxury option for their travels and/or who enjoy booking hugely discounted Qatar Airways Business Class fares to help them earn/retain oneworld status.
Milan and Rome (two cities names above) are often starting points for excellent Qatar Airways Business Class fares between Europe and Asia so it’s good to see that both of these cities now have daily services to Doha, and with Business Class fares between the Nordic countries and Singapore often being among the best deals around, it’s great to see the number of flights between Doha and Singapore increasing to 7/week.
Qatar Airways is probably my favorite airline in which to fly in Business Class so I’m more than a little happy to see the airline continue to ramp up its services to destinations around the world. We’re unlikely to see Qatar Airways add any new destinations to its route map any time soon (the pandemic has taken its toll and the airline is refusing to accept deliveries of new aircraft) so I’ll just settle for seeing some of my favorite destinations reappearing in the schedules in the coming weeks.
If you’re planning a trip with Qatar Airways, what routes are you considering…and why?