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Qatar Airways Announces New North America Route as Industry Shows Signs of Recovery

A Qatar Airways A350-900 pushing back for its next flight in Zurich. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Qatar Airways has announced today that it will be flying between Doha and Toronto as of July 4. Flights will operate four times a week using the airline’s Airbus A350-900s.

In a statement, Qatar Airways CEO said: “Qatar Airways has never stopped operating to Canada throughout this crisis and we are pleased to be able to further strengthen our support to the people of Canada with the addition of these three weekly scheduled flights to Toronto.”

Toronto is set to become Qatar Airways’ second scheduled destination in Canada after Montreal, where the airline flies four times a week using its A350-900s and Boeing 777-300ERs. With the new route addition,  the Doha-based carrier will fly to Canada every day of the week.

Over the past few months, Qatar operated a series of special repatriation flights to Toronto and Vancouver in addition to maintaining uninterrupted service to Montreal. Through these flights, the airline has helped repatriate more than 16,000 Canadians from destinations throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and beyond.

The Gulf carrier also claims to have operated more flights than any other airline throughout the pandemic, maintaining service to at least 30 cities simultaneously since March. At the same time, Qatar has operated more than 300 repatriation flights, helping more than 2 million people get home throughout the crisis.

As some regions of the world are starting to open borders and passengers slowly gaining confidence to get back in the air, the airline has resumed flights to almost 20 additional destinations throughout June and now operates more than 550 flights a week.

Enhanced Sanitary Measures as the Airline Continues to Increase Flights

To make sure everyone is kept safe, cabin crew is wearing protective equipment throughout flights and passengers are provided with a protective kit including face-masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

Onboard, the airline has made some modifications to the inflight service to limit contact between passengers and crew, though less drastic than other carriers. In economy, the airline is being maintained similarly as in a pre-COVID era, as meals come in sealed. In Business class, the airline is continuing its dine on demand concept, however, meals will be served in one tray.

At the same time, passengers are required to wear facemasks throughout the flight and are encouraged to check all their baggage to avoid congregating in the aircraft’s aisles to stow carry-on bags in the overhead lockers.

As virtually all airlines across the world, Qatar Airways has modified its boarding process to limit contact between passengers and staff and introduced social distance signage at airports to remind passengers to keep at least 1.5 meter distance between each other.

Jose Antonio Payet
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  • Jose Antonio Payet

    As a geography nerd, Jose has always been fascinated by the complexities of the airline industry and its ability to bring the world closer together. Born and raised in Peru, now studying in the UK. he has travelled around America, Europe and South East Asia. His favorite aircraft is the Boeing 767-300, which he has flown many times during his childhood; although now the A350 is slowly growing up on him.

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