DOHA – Qatar Airways’ operations from its Doha hub are running smoothly, with the vast majority of flights operating as scheduled, even as some Gulf countries decided to closed its airspace to Qatar, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
In the past week, the airline has flown approximately 1,200 flights between Doha and its network of more than 150 destinations around the globe, with 90 per cent of those flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time, Qatar Airways stated in a press release Wednesday.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways’ global operations continue to run smoothly, with the vast majority of our network unaffected by the current circumstances. Our focus is on supporting any passengers impacted by the current situation and ensuring that we continue to deliver our award-winning service. Our network expansion continues with two new destinations launching in the next month. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual.”
“This blockade unprecedented and it is in direct contradiction to the convention that guarantees rights to civil overflight. We call upon the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to declare this an illegal act. We are not a political body, we are an airline, and this blockade has stripped us of the rights which are guaranteed to us”, Al Baker added.
Last week, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, and at the same time imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the country. According to reports, the action forced the Qatari flag carrier to re-route its flights over Iran, Turkey and Oman.
In the coming months, Qatar Airways will continue to grow.
On Tuesday, it launched direct service to Dublin, Ireland while flights to Nice, France, will commence on July 4, and flights to Skopje, Macedonia, on July 17.
Other new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018 include Las Vegas (US), Canberra (Australia), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon), Medan (Indonesia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as well as many others.
Earlier this week the airline released its annual report for the fiscal year 2017, revealing a net profit of US$541 Million, a 21.7 per cent year-on-year increase.
The results also showed an annual revenue increase of 10.4 per cent. – BERNAMA