Published on : Monday, July 20, 2020
Qatar Airways has decided to resume Guangzhou scheduled passenger services with an initial one weekly flight starting July 26. The resumption of passenger flights activities to Guangzhou will further enhance the airline’s commitment to the Chinese market by providing passengers access between Doha, China and beyond via the airline’s award-winning hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA).
The airline recently announced plans to gradually rebuild its network in line with the evolution of passenger demand and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. It has planned to expand its network to over 70 destinations by the end of July. Before resuming activities Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard.
It has also introduced a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew in-flight. All cabin crew have already been wearing PPE during flights, including gloves and facemasks. The airline has also recently introduced new PPE kits for passengers that include a facemask, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser. In addition, passengers will also be provided a face shield visor, available in adult and children size, for their use in conjunction with facemask during flights.
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways said in a statement that the resumption of Guangzhou passenger services is one of the significant steps taken by Qatar Airways to demonstrate its confidence in the gradual recovery of the regional travel market and global connectivity. He mentioned that ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the airline has challenged itself to be at the forefront and combat the effects of this global pandemic, by volunteering services to deliver worldwide medical supplies coordinated by Chinese Embassies and Consulates.
He shared that the company has additionally scheduled freighter services and operated a large number of charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to meet China’s surging demand for imports and exports. He informed that at present the airline will have 52 flights in total due the resumption of passenger flights and comprise of passenger freighters, belly-hold cargo flights and freighters in and out of Mainland China each week, providing more than 2500 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.
He also said that Qatar Airways have been closely working with the local authorities to secure regulatory approval and ensure that the company is updated with the latest in airport procedures and the most advanced safety and hygiene measures onboard. He mentioned that the return of Guangzhou in its international network will help to re-establish the connection between Doha and China that directly benefits customers and trade partners. He concluded that the team will continue to uphold the core mission of being the trusted airline that gets people home safely and look forward to further strengthening its schedule to China by increasing frequencies and destinations as operating environment permits.