Qatar Airways continues to retain its role as the largest international airline offering comprehensive service to the UK, with regular flights to London Gatwick resumed from 20 August 2020.
Qatar stated that the services will be conducted by the new fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which provides 22 Business Class seats and 232 Economy class passengers. Upon Gatwick service resuming, Qatar Airways will fly 45 flights a week to the UK. It also operates three times everyday in London Heathrow, twice daily in Liverpool and three times monthly in Edinburgh.
Qatar Airways have said that they are quite delighted to resume flights to London Gatwick, thereby reinforcing their role as the UK’s leading international air carrier offering connectivity. UK travelers can fly to even more than 40 destinations throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and South Asia easily and conveniently through the Best Airport throughout the Middle East.
The United Kingdom is a very significant global destination for Qatar Airways, and its never-ending repatriation flights between the United Kingdom and Doha have helped carry more than 200,000 people home. The continuation of London Gatwick operations is also a significant sign of UK travel industry stability, as well as promoting the growth of tourism and trade throughout the region.
Mr Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, told reporters: “We are pleased to welcome Qatar Airways ahead to Gatwick following what has been a difficult time for the aviation industry as a whole. To allow Gatwick travelers to travel to Doha – a spectacular city of their own and a bridge to cities throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
“Gatwick has introduced a number of additional measures alongside our carriers to ensure that all passengers and staff fly via Gatwick as safely as possible, trying to maintain public trust in air travel.”
Usually Qatar Airways Cargo conducts eight freighters a week to London Heathrow and London Stansted, UK. Throughout the outbreak, a significant number of charters and freight-only passenger aircraft were operated by the cargo carrier to the UK to help British exporters and bring vital medical supplies and PPE into the region. Qatar Airways Cargo may fly 74 weekly flights to the United Kingdom with the resumption of commercial flights to London Gatwick, adding upwards of 1,400 tons of total cargo space each route.
The airline’s blend of new fuel-efficient aircraft has ensured that in the wake of this recession the network has almost never dropped below 30 destinations. As one of the newest long-haul fleets, the carrier has been able to change its ambitions to restore its regional network and rapidly restart services. Through adjusting its aircraft composition and suspending its A380 fleet, the carrier continues to operate only the best sized aircraft on all routes to the UK, minimizing the environmental footprint through having sustainable and equitable ability to satisfy both passenger and freight demand.
As per the recent IATA information, Qatar Airways has been the largest global air carrier since April, managing to carry over two million passengers home on over 20,000 flights. It has helped the airline to gain unrivaled expertise in efficiently and securely transporting travelers, and has prepared the airline to successfully restore its network. The company has rigorously introduced the most innovative health and sanitation steps on board the aircraft and at Hamad International Airport-from implementing upgraded PPE uniforms for cabin crew to being the first airline to allow passengers to adopt face shields with addition to face masks.
Airline Business Class on Qsuite fitted aircraft will also enjoy complete anonymity, include sliding anonymity partition and doors closing. Travelers can also choose to use another ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ sign in the private suite should they want to limit their cabin crew experiences.
Qatar Airways services do not rely on any single type of aircraft. Regardless of the effect of COVID-19 on traffic volume, the carrier has made a decision to grounding its Airbus A380s fleet, because flying such a large aircraft on the existing market is not financially or environmentally reasonable. The 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 airline fleet is the right choice for the most strategically significant long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific areas. The existing measurements of the airline found that the A380 released more than 80 per cent more CO2 per block hour on some routes to the UK with the A350 saving about 16 tons of CO2 per block hour.Before passenger demand improves to acceptable levels, Qatar Airways will manage to ground its A380 aircraft, maintaining that it operates only economically and environmentally friendly aircraft.
Hamad International Airport (HIA), the base and hub of Qatar Airways, has introduced mandatory cleaning protocols and social distancing steps across its terminals. Traveler touch points are cleaned and disinfected every 10-15 minutes, after each flight have been disinfected the boarding gates and bus gate blocks.