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Qatar Airways expands network to 100 destinations

Shahudha Mohamed
19 October 2020, MVT 08:48
A Qatar Airways flight on a runway. The airline expanded its number of destinations to 100. PHOTO: QATAR AIRWAYS
Shahudha Mohamed
19 October 2020, MVT 08:48

Qatar Airways, on Sunday, announced the resumption of services to Sofia via Bucharest, marking the 100th destination to be added back to its global network.

According to the airlines, the three weekly flights to Sofia, starting from October 16, will see their network expand to more than 700 weekly flights across six continents.

Qatar Airways stated that the airline’s mix of fuel-efficient aircraft and strategic network management has enabled it to quickly resume flights and expand services in line with passenger demand.

In addition to resuming flights to Bucharest and Sofia, the airlines will also increase flight frequencies to Copenhagen, Madrid, Manchester, Singapore and Stockholm.

The carrier observes advanced safety and hygiene measures onboard its aircraft, including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers equipped with Qsuite, an award-winning business seat, can enjoy enhanced privacy including sliding partitions and a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including London, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Airways' main hub, has also implemented stringent hygienic procedures and social distancing measures. Passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes while boarding gates and bus gate counters are cleaned after each flight. Hand sanitizers are available at immigration and security screening points throughout the airport.

HIA was recently ranked 'Third Best Airport in the World' at the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020, as well as the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth consecutive year and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth consecutive year.