Qatar Airways resumes Amman flights

Jordan reopened its airport to international flights this month after delays related to COVID-19.

al-monitor Supplies to tackle the coronavirus pandemic donated by the Qatar Fund for Development are loaded onto a Qatar Airways flight to Kigali in Rwanda at Doha's Hamad International Airport, April 28, 2020. Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images.

Sep 21, 2020

Qatar Airways resumed daily flights to Jordan last week. The Gulf airline that never stopped operating during the coronavirus pandemic is getting closer to its pre-crisis capacity.

Doha-based Qatar Airways resumed its Amman route on Sept. 15. In October, the airline will add a mix of weekly and daily flights to several European, African and Asian destinations, including Stockholm, Entebbe and Manila, Qatar Airways said in a press release Sept. 17.

The resumption of the important Amman route was made possible by Jordan reopening its airport to international flights in September. Jordan has instituted some of the harshest anti-virus restrictions in the region. The airport was originally reported to be opening in August. On Sept. 17, the Jordanian government announced that people entering the country by air will only need to quarantine for a week at home starting on Sept. 23, which is down from the current two weeks in a designated hotel.

Many Middle Eastern airlines, including Emirates and Turkish Airlines, stopped flying for a period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Qatar Airways never stopped regular flights, however. Qatar’s flagship airline also operated exemption flights to bring people to their home countries from places where travel bans were in place.

The number of destinations Qatar Airways offered has been as low as 30 in 2020. With the October additions, the number of destinations will be more than 90, the airline reported. Before the crisis, Qatar flew to more than 160 airports.

Gulf airlines have suffered setbacks as a result of the downturn in global travel. Qatar Airways cut jobs in May due to the revenue losses it has incurred. Emirates and Etihad in the United Arab Emirates have also cut jobs and offered employees unpaid leave.

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