Qatar Airways’ has announced the resumption of its flights to New York (JFK) from 19 June (rising to 10 weekly from 2 July) and to Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington Dulles from 1 July. This will see the airline’s U.S. network rebuild to 39 weekly flights by mid-July 2020. Qatar Airways has partnerships with American Airlines and JetBlue in place, meaning passengers can connect to 180 destinations on more than 350 domestic flights per day.
- British Airways resuming its Islamabad-London flights from 2nd August
- Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore’s main runway is opened for flight operations after 2 years
- Another Indian plane this time IndiGo ends up landing in Karachi
- PIA receives its 2nd Airbus A320 on dry lease
- Airblue starts Islamabad to Skardu flights and we got a seat on its inaugural flight
It is important to note that while other airlines from the Gulf stopped operating, Qatar Airways has continued to operate flights to take over 160,000 stranded people home from Australasia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. Qatar Airways’ New York flights and five-weekly Boston flights will also facilitate the resumption of the JetBlue codeshare. Passengers will immediately be able to book travel across the entire JetBlue network on 70 flights per day to 46 destinations.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The United States is historically a hugely significant strategic market for our airline and at the end of April, U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo personally expressed his appreciation of Qatar Airways’ continued assistance and the tremendous efforts extended by the airline to repatriate tens of thousands of Americans.”
All of the six destinations will be served with a minimum of five weekly flights from mid-July, with 10 weekly flights operating to JFK. By maintaining a global network that never fell below 30 destinations. Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline has implemented several changes, including the introduction of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight. Passengers will also be required to wear face coverings inflight, with the carrier recommending travellers bring their own for fit and comfort purposes.
To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has also extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit www.qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.
U.S destinations available for booking:
Boston starting from 1 July (Five weekly flights increasing to daily from 1 August)
Doha (DOH) to Boston (BOS) QR743 departs: 08:00 arrives 14:15
Boston (BOS) to Doha (DOH) QR744 departs: 22:00 arrives 16:55
Chicago continually operating (daily flights)
Doha (DOH) to Chicago (ORD) QR725 departs: 07:45 arrives 13:45
Chicago (ORD) to Doha (DOH) QR726 departs: 18:50 arrives 16:20
Dallas-Fort Worth continually operating (Five weekly flights increasing to daily from 23 June)
Doha (DOH) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) QR729 departs: 07:50 arrives 15:30
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Doha (DOH) QR730 departs: 18:10 arrives 16:40
New York starting from 19 June (Friday only, daily from 22 June and 10 weekly from 2 July)
Doha (DOH) to New York (JFK) QR701 departs: 08:15 arrives 15:00
New York (JFK) to Doha (DOH) QR702 departs: 21:00 arrives 16:15
Los Angeles starting from 01 July (Three weekly flights increasing to five weekly from 17 July and six weekly from 1 August)
Doha (DOH) to Los Angeles (LAX) QR739 departs: 07:35 arrives 13:35
Los Angeles (LAX) to Doha (DOH) QR740 departs: 15:35 arrives 17:05
Washington, D.C. starting from 1 July (Five weekly flights increasing to daily from 1 August)
Doha (DOH) to Washington (IAD) QR707 departs: 08:40 arrives 15:35
Washington (IAD) to Doha (DOH) QR708 departs: 20:25 arrives 15:55