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Qatar Airways expands European network in line with relaxing of international travel restrictions

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Qatar Airways continues to strengthen its position as the leading international airline, announcing that it will expand its European services with increased frequencies being added to the network as cities reopen for travel.

In July, the airline will begin offering daily flights to Belgrade and four weekly flights to Moscow. Copenhagen services will increase to 10 weekly flights, and both Madrid and Stockholm will increase to 11 weekly flights. The expanded flights come as international markets begin to reopen for travel, including key European destinations such as Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Croatia and Romania.

Qatar Airways’ Vice President Australasia & North Asia, Mr. Thomas Scruby, said: “We are proud to be the leading international airline providing safe and reliable connectivity to and from Europe for passengers who need to travel. As we continue to lead the recovery of international travel, we will remain focused on providing seamless, safe and reliable connectivity to our millions of customers and providing an unparalleled travel experience every time they choose to fly with Qatar Airways.”

The increased European services are in addition to the carrier also expanding flights to several of its key global leisure destinations in July, including to the US (Miami, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia), Tbilisi, Alexandria and Kilimanjaro – Dar Es Salaam, providing more flexible travel options via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport.

As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub Hamad International Airport, achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These achievements highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing passengers with an industry-leading experience at every point of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the wellbeing of passengers both on the ground and in the air. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on-board and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 31 August 2021, for travel completed by 31 May 2022. The carrier’s industry-leading flexible booking policy also provides the permanent feature of exchanging tickets for a travel voucher with 10% additional value for all customers booking travel via qatarairways.com. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/Flexibility.

European Network Enhancements:

  • Belgrade – increasing to daily flights from 2 July

  • Copenhagen – increasing to 10 weekly flights from 10 July

  • Madrid – increasing to 11 weekly flights from 11 July

  • Stockholm – increasing to 11 weekly flights from 11 July

  • Moscow – increasing to four weekly flights from 17 July

Wider Network Enhancements from July:

  • Miami – increasing to daily flights

  • Boston – increasing to daily flights

  • Chicago – increasing to 10 weekly flights until 21 September

  • Atlanta – increasing to daily flights

  • Philadelphia – increasing to daily flights

  • Tbilisi – increasing to 10 weekly flights until 11 September

  • Alexandria – increasing to 14 weekly flights

  • Kilimanjaro – Dar Es Salaam – increasing to five weekly flights until 5 September

Flights from Australia and New Zealand:

  • Adelaide – Three weekly flights

  • Melbourne – Daily flights

  • Perth – Four weekly flights

  • Sydney – Daily flights

  • Brisbane – Three weekly flights

  • Auckland – Three weekly flights via Brisbane

European markets reopening:

  • 01-June: Malta allows fully vaccinated passengers from Amber countries to enter without PCR testing; passengers from Green countries do not need a test either

  • 01-June: Croatia opens for tourism for those who have paid accommodation certificate and who are either vaccinated or recovered from covid-19 or who have a test result within 48 hours of their arrival

  • 01-June: Romania re-opens to foreign arrivals with procedures varying by origin according to a red-yellow-green classification system

  • 07-June: Spain reopens to vaccinated tourists

  • 09-June: France allows travel (inbound and outbound) by vaccinated people without quarantine (unless travelling from a red list country), but with some ongoing restrictions around reasons for travel

  • 25-June: Germany reopens to non-EU nationals who are vaccinated for any reason of travel, with some exclusion for those coming from countries where the coronavirus is rampant

  • 26-June: Switzerland accelerates reopening for vaccinated arrivals (including from non-EU/Schengen countries and including from countries with variants), those who have recovered from COVID-19

Wider markets reopening:

  • 01-June: Sri Lanka reopened to international visitors, subject to a pre-arrival PCR test, with more testing required upon arrival (regardless of vaccination status). Visitors must also stay at Covid-19 certified hotels

  • 15-June: Visitors to Morocco from countries on list A are not required to self-isolate on arrival if they are fully vaccinated, or present a negative PCR test

  • 01-July: Thailand to allow vaccinated travelers to visit Phuket without need for quarantine under its Phuket Sandbox Program, and ahead of other regions reopening progressively through October

  • 01-July: South Korea will exempt some arrivals from quarantine, if they have been vaccinated – opportunity for Korean expat communities, VFR, business travel, as well as Korean outbound travel