Sunday, 29 March 2020

Qatar Airways may need to ask for state aid......................

There make come a time in the not too distant future that Qatar Airways will have to seek government support, it's Chief Executive told Reuters today.

The stark warning comes as the airline has remained flying whilst most other global carriers have greatly reduced or suspended operations entirely to help combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Indeed over the next two weeks, the Doha based carrier expects to operate some 1,800 flights.

“We have received many requests from governments all over the world, embassies in certain countries, requesting Qatar Airways not to stop flying,” Akbar al-Baker told Reuters by phone from Doha.  “We will fly as long as it is necessary and we have requests to get stranded people to their homes, provided the airspace is open and the airports are open,” Baker said. The airline has been operating special ad-hoc charter flights, including those to Ireland from Australia, but at increased rates. “We are not taking advantage … this is a time to serve people who want to be with their loved ones in a very trying time,” Baker said. 



However, the airline is burning through cash and only had enough to sustain operations for a “very short period” he told the news agency, “We will surely go to our government eventually,”. Although  Baker declined to say when the airline would need state aid, or on what form such assistance would come, industry commentators believe the request will come as soon as next weekend.




The airports Qatar Airway is continuing to fly to despite the coronavirus pandemic are:

Africa

Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)


Americas

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Los Angeles International (LAX)
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)


Asia and Pacific

Angeles City Clark International Airport (CRK)
Auckland  International Airport (AKL)
Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Krabi International Airport (KBV)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Male International Airport (MLE)
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
Perth Airport (PER)
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
Phuket International Airport (HKT)
Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Yangon International Airport (RGN)


Europe

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)
Barcelona El Prat Airport  (BCN)
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
Birmingham International Airport (BHX)
Brussels Airport (BRU)
Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
Dublin Airport (DUB)
Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Helsinki Vantaa International Airport (HEL)
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Manchester International Airport (MAN)
Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)
Munich Airport (MUC)
Nice Côte D'Azur Airport (NCE)
Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg (LED)
Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
Zurich Airport (ZRH)


Middle East

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)






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