- A Monitor Desk Report 07 May, 2020 | 896 Views|-+
Dhaka: Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to begin a phased approach to expanding its network.
While the situation remains extremely dynamic, Qatar Airways expects short haul travel to rebound first, with business between large global cities picking up more gradually.
On this note, Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said, “As we follow the indicators of the global travel market on a daily basis, we continue to focus on our mission - how we can enable mobility for our customers and provide them with seamless connectivity to their final destination.”
By the end of June, Qatar Airways is hoping to have 80 destinations in its schedule, including 23 in Europe, 4 in the Americas, 20 in the Middle East/Africa and 33 in Asia Pacific.
The gradual expansion will focus initially on strengthening connections between the airline’s hub in Doha with the global hubs of its partner airlines around the world including London, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong along with reopening many major business and leisure destinations such as Madrid and Mumbai.
Currently the airline continues to operate flights to more than 30 destinations around the world. By the end of May, the airline plans to grow its network back to over 50 destinations resuming services to cities such as Manila, Amman, and Nairobi.
A further number of destinations, subject to regulatory approval, are planned to be added by the end of June.
These destinations include Addis Ababa (ADD), Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Lagos (LOS), Nairobi (NBO) and Tunis (TUN) in Africa; and Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Montreal (YUL) and Sao Paulo (GRU) in the Americas.
In Asia-Pacific, the airline intends to expand operations to Ahmedabad (AMD), Amritsar (ATQ), Bangalore (BLR), Bangkok (BKK), Beijing (PEK), Calicut (CCJ), Chennai (MAA), Colombo (CMB), Dhaka (DAC), Goa (GOI), Guangzhou (CAN), Hong Kong (HKG), Hyderabad (HYD), Islamabad (ISB), Jakarta (CGK), Karachi (KHI), Kathmandu (KTM), Kochi (COK), Kolkata (CCU), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Lahore (LHE), Male (MLE), Manila (MNL), Melbourne (MEL), Mumbai (BOM), New Delhi (DEL), Perth (PER), Seoul (ICN), Shanghai (PVG), Singapore (SIN), Sydney (SYD), Tokyo (NRT) and Trivandrum (TRV).
In Europe, the airline is eyeing to include Amsterdam (AMS), Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Berlin (TXL), Brussels (BRU), Budapest (BUD), Copenhagen (CPH), Dublin (DUB), Edinburgh (EDI), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul (IST), London (LHR), Madrid (MAD), Manchester (MAN), Milan (MXP), Moscow (DME), Munich (MUC), Oslo (OSL), Paris (CDG), Rome (FCO), Stockholm (ARN), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) to its network.
Lastly, in the Middle East, Amman (AMM), Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR), Beirut (BEY), Erbil (EBL), Kuwait (KWI), Mashad (MHD), Muscat (MCT), Najaf (NJF), Salalah (SLL), Shiraz (SYZ), Sohar (OHS), Sulaymaniyah (ISU) and Teheran (IKA) are being considered to expand operations to.