AviationAirline expects to recover two-thirds of its flight network by end of July

Qatar Airways resumes more global services, steps up onboard safety measures

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Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew.
Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew.

Qatar Airways has relaunched 11 more destinations from 1 July, in what it says was its largest single day of restarts, while targeting a resumption of over 430 weekly flights to more than 65 destinations by mid-July.

In Asia daily flights to Bali Denpasar were resumed from 1 July, while services were also reinstated for other major destinations such as Berlin (thrice weekly), Edinburgh (thrice weekly) and Boston (five weekly flights, increasing to daily from 1 August), among others.

The Doha-based carrier has also introduced Toronto as a new destination from 4 July with thrice-weekly flights.

Other destinations such as Ankara, Bucharest and Venice will see the resumption of services by the Qatari airline later this month.

Qatar Airways expects its number of flights to almost double in July with close to 3,500 flights scheduled, compared to just under 2,100 in June, which will enable it to resume almost two-thirds of its pre-Covid network by the end of the month.

The carrier has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline has introduced personal protective equipment (PPE) for cabin crew which includes gloves, face masks, safety glasses and a new protective gown that is fitted over their uniforms. A modified service that reduces interactions between passengers and the crew inflight has also been introduced.

Onboard, all Qatar Airways passengers are now provided with a complimentary protective kit, containing a single-use surgical face mask, large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel in a ziplock pouch. Business Class customers will also be offered an additional 75ml sanitiser gel tube.

The airline has also introduced disposable face shields for adults and children, available in two sizes. Passengers travelling from Hamad International Airport (HIA) will receive their face shields at the check-in counters, whereas at other destinations, the face shields will be distributed at the boarding gates.

Passengers flying Business Class on Qsuite-equipped aircraft can avail enhanced privacy features including sliding privacy partitions and fully closing doors that create a private sanctuary. They can also opt to use the Do Not Disturb indicator in their private suite, if they wish to limit their interactions with the cabin crew.

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