Published on : Thursday, August 13, 2020
Qatar Airways is proud to maintain its position as the market leading international airline in Australia with the resumption of operations to Adelaide on August 16, 2020. The South Australian capital is the airline’s fifth destination on the continent to be served again. This makes Qatar Airways the only international airline that flies to five major cities in Australia.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said that they are excited to resume operations to Adelaide, which shows our continued commitment to the Australian market during this difficult time. With the largest global route network in the region and the best airport in the Middle East providing seamless and efficient connections to destinations around the world, we have been the airline of choice for many Australian embassies to bring citizens back home. Data from the Australian Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows that during the height of the repatriation efforts, our airline brought home nearly ten times more passengers to and from Australia than our closest competitors.
They are proud that, as one of the few airlines, we never stopped air traffic to Australia – we even expanded our activities during the crisis to ensure the repatriation of over 170,000 Australians and international travelers and their families and to deliver hundreds of tons of cargo transport to maintain vital supply chains for Australian agricultural exporters. The resumption of operations to Adelaide and the recent addition of new flights to Brisbane demonstrate our long-term commitment to Australia and our guarantee to serve Australian passengers and exporters with reliable global connections in both good and bad times.
Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Senator for South Australia, commented: “I am delighted with Qatar Airways’ continued commitment to Adelaide. With these flights, South Australian exporters have another freight route at their disposal, which enables them to carry high quality products to the Middle East and Europe. While international travel restrictions continue to be an important protective measure against COVID-19 for Australia, resuming this link provides another option for returning Australians and international tourists to South Australia once our borders reopen.
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall added that this is a great show of confidence in South Australia and a very positive first step towards restoring supplies once our international borders are reopened. As a rapidly growing brand, Qatar Airways has been flying to Adelaide for a number of years and is helping to serve important markets to and from Europe. It is therefore great to see the planes take off again and to receive the first optimistic news from this sector. “
Adelaide Airport General Manager Mark Young also said, “We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways again and appreciate their continued commitment to the Adelaide market. As the first regular international passenger connection to the Middle East since March, it paves the way for travelers and South Australian exporters to Europe and beyond. “
Qatar Airways Cargo deployed large numbers of charter and cargo-only passenger aircraft to assist Australian traders and move essential medical goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to demand for Australian fresh produce and pharmaceuticals, Qatar Airways Cargo deployed Boeing 777 cargo planes to Melbourne and Perth twice a week in April 2020. With the resumption of passenger flights to Adelaide, the airline will operate a total of 25 flights per week to and from Australia, including 23 peritoneal cargo flights and two cargo planes, each with a weekly capacity of more than 700 tons.
As one of the first airlines to join the Australian Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), Qatar Airways provides farmers and dealers with a significant export airlift with its global route network. Through the IFAM project, the airline has helped re-establish vital global supply chains between Australian dealers and their customers across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Qatar Airways started operations to Adelaide in 2016 and flew to Australia on the first Airbus A350. The twice-weekly flight to Adelaide was on the fuel-efficient Airbus A3 Qatar Airways’ aircraft fleet on flights to Australia saves up to 20 tons of CO2 per block hour compared to the A380.
With the resumption of flights to Adelaide, Qatar Airways is operating 23 passenger flights per week to Australia:
● Two weekly flights to Adelaide
● Three weekly flights to Brisbane
● Four weekly flights to Perth
● Daily flights to Melbourne
● Daily flights to Sydney
Qatar Airways continues to lead the way in restoring international air travel as the airline has expanded its route network to more than 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations.
On-board safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for cabin crew as well as a free hygiene kit and disposable face protection for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with the Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat offers, including sliding screens and the ability to use a Do Not Disturb (DND) indicator. The Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations, including London, Paris and Frankfurt.