Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will resume
flights to Adelaide, Australia starting from 16 August 2020.
The South Australian capital will become the
airline’s fifth destination in Australia to see a resumption of flights.
The twice-weekly service to Adelaide will be
operated with Airbus A350-900, offering 36 seats in Business Class
and 247 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are excited to resume
services to Adelaide, highlighting our ongoing commitment to the
Australian market during this difficult period ... We are proud to have been one of the few airlines
to never stop services to Australia, even expanding our Australian
operations during the crisis, to help repatriate over 170,000
Australians and international travellers with their loved ones and
transporting hundreds of tonnes of cargo to maintain vital supply
chains for Australian agriculture exporters. The resumption of
Adelaide services and the recent launch of new flights to Brisbane
demonstrate our long-term commitment to Australia and our
guarantee to support Australian passengers and exporters with
global connectivity during both good and bad times.”
resumption of passenger flights to Adelaide, the airline will
operate a total of 25 flights in and out of Australia every week,
comprising of 23 belly-hold cargo flights and two freighters,
offering more than 700 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.
Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and
Investment and Senator for South Australia, Simon
Birmingham, said, “I am delighted to see the ongoing commitment of
Qatar Airways to the Adelaide market. These flights will provide
another freight route for South Australian exporters, enabling
them to get their high-quality produce onto planes and into the
Middle East and Europe. While international travel restrictions remain an
important line of protection for Australia against COVID19, the
resumption of services will provide another avenue for
repatriating Australians and eventually provide a path for
international tourists into South Australia when our borders
Qatar Airways Cargo has operated a large number of
charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to support Australian
exporters and transport essential medical supplies during the
COVID-19 pandemic. It also introduced twice-weekly Boeing 777
freighters to Melbourne and Perth in April 2020 in response to the
demand for Australian fresh produce and pharmaceuticals.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark
Young, said: “We’re excited to welcome back Qatar Airways and we
welcome their reaffirmed commitment to the Adelaide market. This
will be the first regular international passenger service to the
Middle East since March, and will open up important connections
through to Europe and beyond for both essential travellers and
South Australian freight exporters.”
recently made the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s,
and instead operate its full fleet of Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
aircraft. Benchmark figures identified that Qatar Airways’
fleet of A350 aircraft saved up to 20 tonnes of CO2 per block hour
on routes to Australia compared to the A380.
With the resumption of flights to Adelaide, Qatar
Airways will operate 23 passenger flights per week to Australia.
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