Qatar Airways will recommence services to Adelaide on 16 August 2020, making the airline the only international carrier currently servicing five major cities in Australia.
“We are excited to resume services to Adelaide, highlighting our ongoing commitment to the Australian market during this difficult period,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
“With the largest global network in the region and the Best Airport in the Middle East offering seamless and efficient connectivity to destinations across the world, we have been the airline of choice for many Australian Embassies to help bring Australians home. Australian Government data showed during the peak of repatriation efforts, our airline helped take home almost 10 times more passengers in and out Australia than our nearest competitors.
“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.”
Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Senator for South Australia, The Hon Simon Birmingham, said: “While international travel restrictions remain an important line of protection for Australia against COVID-19, 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 reopen.”
South Australia Premier, The Hon Steven Marshall MP said: “This is a great vote of confidence in South Australia, and a very positive first step in reinstating services for when our international borders open. Qatar Airways has been a growing brand flying into Adelaide for a number of years helping to service important markets to and from Europe, so it is terrific to see flights back in the air and see some early optimistic news from the sector.”
Qatar Airways’ twice-weekly service to Adelaide will be operated by Airbus A350-900, offering 36 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class.
With the resumption of flights to Adelaide, Qatar Airways will operate 23 passenger flights per week to Australia:
- Two weekly flights to Adelaide
- Three weekly flights to Brisbane
- Four weekly flights to Perth
- Daily flights to Melbourne
- Daily flights to Sydney
The Doha-based carrier will operate thrice-weekly services to Auckland via Brisbane, starting 19 August 2020. The route will be operated using Airbus A350-1000s which are fitted with 46 Qsuites in Business class and 281 seats in Economy class.
Lead image: Torrens River, Adelaide | © South Australia Tourism Commission / Michael Waterhouse