Qatar Airways records “bumper day of flight resumptions”

Qatar Airways resumed flights to 11 more destinations worldwide on Wednesday, in its largest single day of restarts, as it works to rebuild its network devastated by the pandemic.

The destinations are Bali Denpasar, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Boston, Edinburgh, Larnaca, Los Angeles, Prague, Washington DC, and Zagreb.

Qatar Airways reinstates 11 destinations on July 1, in the largest single day of flight resumptions in the airline’s network rebuild

The airline said that it intends to expand its network to more than 430 weekly flights to over 65 destinations by mid-July. Planned additions include Toronto (July 4), Ankara (July 9), Zanzibar (July 11), Kilimanjaro (July 13), as well as Bucharest, Sofia and Venice (July 15).

Qatar Airways said in a statement that it “continues to work closely with governments around the world to resume commercial flights in line with entry restrictions”.

The carrier said that it plans to resume almost two-thirds of its pre-Covid-19 network by the end of the month. The airline 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.

Qatar has extended its booking policies to allow greater flexibility, including unlimited date changes. Passengers can also change their destination as often as needed, provided it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge fare differences for travel completed before December 31, 2020. All tickets booked for travel up to December 31, 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance.

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