Qatar Airways has added Cebu in the Philippines to its destination portfolio once more, which joins the recently announced Brisbane and Toronto routes.
The relaunching of flights to Cebu will see the airline’s network in the Philippines expand to 13 weekly services, with Manila being serviced by nine weekly flights; Clark with one weekly flight; and Cebu with three weekly flights as on July 24.
The Qatari carrier will also resume its first China flights with a once weekly Guangzhou service on July 26, with one weekly flight.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker enthused on the development: “We are delighted to be launching a new direct service to Cebu, offering our passengers another gateway into the Philippines. Being the airline that has never stopped flying since COVID-19 hit, it has been Qatar Airways’ mission to take people home safely during the pandemic, and we have helped more than two million people get home to their loved ones since February.”
He continued: “The resumption of Guangzhou passenger services is one of the significant steps taken by Qatar Airways to demonstrate our confidence in the gradual recovery of the regional travel market and global connectivity. Since the COVID-19 crisis started, we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront and combat the effects of this global pandemic, by volunteering our services to deliver worldwide medical supplies coordinated by Chinese Embassies and Consulates. With over 40 onward available connections to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, passengers from Cebu and Guangzhou will be able to enjoy the Best Airline in the World and the World’s Best Business Class Seat, while also having access to the largest and broadest network in the region via Hamad International Airport, the Best Airport in the Middle East.”
HE Al Baker explained that as well as scheduled freighter services, the airline has operated a large number of charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to meet China’s surging demand for imports and exports.
With the resumption of passenger flights, Qatar Airways will have 49 flights in total, comprising of passenger freighters, belly-hold cargo flights and freighters in and out of Mainland China each week, providing more than 2,500 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.
By the close of July, the airline’s network will expand to over 450 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations.