Qatar Airways has announced a summer schedule that will see the Doha-based airline operate more than 1,200 weekly frequencies across 23 destinations in Africa, 14 in the Americas, 43 in both Asia-Pacific and Europe, plus 19 in the Middle East. Many cities will be able to avail themselves of a schedule offering daily, or even more frequent, services.

    The carrier was the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious five-star Covid-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax. This follows Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), becoming the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax five-star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating last December.

    Commenting on the new schedule, Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are proud to lead the recovery of international aviation, implementing the highest standards of bio-safety and hygiene and investing in the latest innovations to simplify travel and restore passenger confidence during the most challenging period in aviation’s history.

    “Having never stopped flying throughout the pandemic, we have used our unrivalled experience and modern, fuel-efficient fleet to operate a sustainable and reliable network our passengers, trade partners and corporate customers can rely on. We also continue to offer the largest international network, including launching seven new destinations, to provide the connectivity our passengers and cargo customers need.

    “As the global vaccine rollout begins to gather pace, we look forward to a gradual easing of entry restrictions throughout 2021 and welcoming back our millions of passengers on board the World’s Best Airline.”

    Qatar Airways Cargo has played a vital role in maintaining a reliable schedule across the network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, the airline has helped transport in excess of 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered more than 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 20 countries. 

    Last October, Qatar Airways announced the resumption of services to Sofia via Bucharest, marking the 100th destination to be restored to its global network in the wake of the pandemic.