Published on : Friday, March 27, 2020
The Doha-based carrier Qatar Airways has decided to open a new route that will operate flights to Brisbane. This will also be the first time the airline is operating flights to Brisbane. It would also increase services to Australia. The decision has been undertaken in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The new route is being established to help more people stranded outside to reach their homes.
On March 26th Qatar Airways announced that it will add thousands of extra seats to its fleet, add new flights to Paris, Perth, and Dublin as well as use larger aircraft like the Airbus A380 on these routes.
Numerous countries decided to tighten border restrictions and introduce new travel bans to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Therefore, people who wish to travel to and from Australia and New Zealand have very few transit options similar to many other countries across the globe. However, Doha remains one of those few transit options to reach Australia and New Zealand.
Earlier, Qatar only flew to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide. Now it will fly daily from Doha to Brisbane using a Boeing 777-300ER. It will also operate to Perth two times a day with an A380 and 777-300ER, as well as to Melbourne with an A350-1000 and 777-300ER twice daily. The carrier will eve fly three times a day to Sydney using an A350 and 777-300ER.
Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group said in a press statement that the airline is aware that many people want to be with their families and loved ones during this difficult time. He appreciated the Australian government, airports, and staff for their support to help Qatar to add additional flights to get people home and especially to bring flights to Brisbane.
He further added that Qatar Airways is working with governments around the world and will add or reinstate more flights where it can. The carrier is currently operating around 150 flights daily to over 70 cities around the world.
According to a report issued by Laura Clarke, The British High Commissioner to New Zealand addressed to British nationals stuck in New Zealand, Qatar Airways has also added additional flights from Auckland to the UK via Doha.