Qatar Airways Pushes Ahead With Route Expansions Despite Omnicron Variant

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LONDON – Qatar Airways today announced its bold move to increase connectivity on its busiest routes to its travelers over the holiday season despite uncertainties due to a recent variant of concern “Omicron” on its course to disrupt airlines.

The airline has announced added capacity on 18 of its busy routes, while the airline is crippled with the recent groundings of 20 Airbus A350 Jets.

While keeping its services to utmost operational readiness with repatriation flights during the first wave of Pandemic in March 2020, the airline has built trust and loyalty with its customers, which is making Qatar Airways one of the prominent choices for the holidaymakers over the Christmas and NYE season.

This has prompted airlines to add more routes, boost capacity, and in turn add more flights to meet the demand.

The announcement by the management at Qatar Airways mentioned that the airline is boosting its capacity on 18 different routes spanning from Abu Dhabi to Zurich. The airline further added that the categorization of travelers for this added capacity would account for VFR (Visiting Friends and Family) or holidaymakers.

According to the airline, the routes that will see added flights are :

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Algiers
  • Bangkok
  • Berlin
  • Cebu
  • Clark
  • Colombo
  • Copenhagen
  • Helsinki
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London Heathrow
  • Medina (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  • Paris CDG
  • Phuket (Thailand)
  • Kuwait
  • Salalah (Oman)
  • Sharjah
  • Zurich.

This bold move by Qatar Airways is seen as an impressive one by the aviation world, despite current uncertainties due to Omicron and most importantly, grounding of Airbus A350, the largest operator of this type of aircraft, which is currently been grounded due to paintwork and structural flaws, which has led the airline to drop 40% of A350’s from its line of the fleet on safety grounds.

But another impressive move by Qatar Airways worth applauding was the Grand Welcome of its A380 and A330 back into active service after almost two years of a break due to pandemics.

Commenting on this turn of events from today, the Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker said,

Qatar Airways continues to develop its schedule and network by increasing frequencies to many popular destinations across the world while adopting the strictest safety measures both on the ground and in the air, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff.”

With the changing conditions and rapid re-implementation of fresh and more strict health screening policies, we hope this exciting announcement by Qatar Airways will bring joy and cheer to travelers booked on QR flights.

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