Qatar Airways will add an extra 48,000 seats on services from Doha to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from 29 March until mid-April.
The airline said it has put on the extra capacity to help bring people home, and includes its first-ever flights to Brisbane. Qatar was able to make the move after the Australian government relaxed a long-standing treaty that limited the number of services it could provide.
The business will now operate the following flights:
- Daily service to Brisbane (Boeing 777-300ER)
- Double daily service to Perth (Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER)
- Double daily service to Melbourne (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER)
- Triple daily service to Sydney (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER)
The temporary service to Brisbane, flight QR912, will depart Doha daily at 10:00pm and arrive in Brisbane at 5:20pm the next day.
The return flight, QR913, will leave Brisbane at 9:20pm and arrive in Doha at 5:20am the next morning.
Doha’s Hamad International Airport is still allowing transit, something which is allowing the national carrier to keep flying. It’s likely to be a PR boon for the controversial country, which owns the carrier.
Citizens in both Australia and Qatar are required to self-isolate for 14 days after landing, in light of coronavirus.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, “We know there are many people who want to be with their families and loved ones during this difficult time.
“We are thankful to the Australian government, airports and staff for their support in helping us to add additional flights to get people home, and in particular, to bring flights to Brisbane.
“We continue to operate around 150 daily flights to more than 70 cities worldwide. Sometimes governments put in place restrictions that mean we simply cannot fly to a country. We are working closely with governments around the world, and wherever possible we will reinstate or add more flights.”