Published on : Friday, July 24, 2020
Qatar Airways continues to demonstrate resilience by introducing another new destination during the crisis: Cebu in the Philippines follows Brisbane in Australia and Toronto in Canada, which have been added to the airline’s global network as new destinations in recent months. The national airline of the state of Qatar is also resuming the first flights to China with a weekly connection to Guangzhou. The combination of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft ensured that the airline’s route network never fell below 30 during the crisis and that it was able to adapt its plans flexibly and add new routes.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are excited about the new direct connection to Cebu, which will give our passengers another gateway to the Philippines. As the airline that has never stopped flying since the outbreak of COVID-19, it was Qatar Airways’ job to get people safely home during the pandemic, and we have helped more than two million people get home since February . “
“Resuming passenger traffic to Guangzhou is one of the major steps Qatar Airways is taking to demonstrate our confidence in the gradual recovery of the regional travel market and global route network,” continues Al Baker. “Since the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis, we have challenged ourselves to lead the fight against the effects of this pandemic. We volunteer our services to deliver medical supplies worldwide that are coordinated by the Chinese embassies and consulates. With over 40 available onward flights to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, passengers from Cebu and Guangzhou can use the best airline in the world and the world’s best seat in business class, while also having the best airport in the Middle East through Hamad International Airport , Access to the largest and most extensive network in the region. In addition to regular freight, we have also used a large number of charter and cargo-only passenger planes to meet China’s growing demand for imports and exports. With the resumption of passenger flights, we will carry out a total of 49 flights with passenger freighters, abdominal cargo flights and cargo aircraft in and out of mainland China per week and provide more than 2,500 tons of freight capacity in both directions per week. ”
Qatar Airways continues to lead the way in rebuilding international air traffic. The airline’s route network will be expanded to over 450 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations by the end of July. There are also Cebu (three weekly flights from July 24) and Guangzhou (one weekly flight from July 26). The national airline of the state of Qatar last carried out flights to Cebu in March 2012. With the resumption of this connection, the airline’s offer in the Philippines has been expanded to 13 weekly flights:
Manila (nine weekly flights)
Clark (a weekly flight)
Cebu (three weekly flights)
Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines and an important economic and commercial center, as well as a popular travel destination known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waterfalls and connoisseurs, renowned dive sites. Along with Bali, the Maldives, Tunis and Zanzibar, Cebu is one of the popular holiday destinations all year round, which Qatar Airways has added to its route network in recent weeks.
Qatar Airways is not dependent on a specific aircraft type: thanks to the variety of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, the airline can continue to fly and offer the right capacity in every market. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand, the airline has decided to keep its Airbus A380 fleet on the ground, as it is neither economically nor environmentally viable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. With 49 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787s, Qatar Airways’ fleet is the ideal choice for the strategically most important long-haul routes to America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
The safety measures on board for passengers and cabin personnel include the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for cabin personnel as well as a free hygiene kit and disposable face protection for the passengers. Business class passengers on planes equipped with the Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy that this award-winning business seat offers, including sliding privacy screens and the option of a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator