Qatar Airways cuts flights to make space for World Cup fans

 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 


Qatar Airways has withdrawn flights from 18 destinations to make space at Hamad International Airport for airlines carrying fans to next month’s soccer World Cup, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said the priority now was to accommodate the hundreds of flights that will be landing in the country for the tournament.

Qatar, which expects about 500 shuttle flights a day as well as hundreds more charter flights and private jets, will host the Nov 20-Dec. 18 tournaments with about 1.2 million visitors.

A total of 32 nations are taking part with matches spread across eight stadiums, located within 40 kilometres of central Doha.

Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker told a news conference when asked whether the airline was now growing due to the World Cup that actually they don’t have any new destinations. Quite the contrary.

They have reduced and withdrawn from 18 destinations in order to make space at Hamad international airport to bring fans.

Their priority is not Qatar Airways’ network but giving access to all countries participating and bringing in large numbers of passengers.

He said German airline Lufthansa was considering restarting operations along with Air France and KLM.

Qatar Airways COO Badr Mohammad Al Meer said hundreds of flights were scheduled to land daily for the tournament.

A large number of fans will also be flying in just for the matches, opting to stay in neighbouring Dubai.

For shuttle flights, there will be 500 a day, for charter flights the list has not yet been finalised, he said.

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