Qatar Airways Offers 100,000 Free Tickets To Healthcare Workers

Qatar Airways is offering frontline medical professionals and one companion 100,000 free, round-trip tickets to anywhere to in…

Qatar Airways Offers 100,000 Free Tickets To Healthcare Workers

Qatar Airways is offering frontline medical professionals and one companion 100,000 free, round-trip tickets to anywhere to in the world. In a press release, the airline said the tickets are a token of gratitude to the medical workers who have saved lives during the coronavirus outbreak. The ticket giveaway opens today and will end on 18th May. Let’s find out more.

Qatar is one of the few airlines still operating long-haul international flights. Photo: Qatar Airways

Thanking medical staff around the world

The coronavirus has thrust medical staff into the spotlight as they deal with the worst pandemic in a century. We have all read stories of doctors and nurses working hours on end, sometimes even without the necessary protection.

To thank these key workers for their sacrifices, Qatar is offering 100,000 free tickets to medical professionals and one companion. The airline will waive the fare and all surcharges, only requiring the passengers to pay airport taxes. QMiles members will also earn miles for their flight!

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Medical staff will have an opportunity to fly anywhere in the world in Qatar’s economy cabin. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

In a press release, the airline’s outspoken CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said,

“There are no words or gestures that are enough to repay these brave men and women but we hope that our small offer of a complimentary return flight on Qatar Airways will allow them to enjoy a well-deserved holiday…as travel restrictions start to ease.”

The return flight will be in economy and will offer medical workers some well-deserved time off.

How will the scheme work?

Qatar expects the offer will attract thousands of medical workers from all over the world. To deal with this demand, the airline has come up with a system to allocate these tickets. Medical workers have to register here, after which they will receive a unique promotion code on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets based on its population, which will reset every day at 00:01 (Doha time). The offer will last for seven days, from 12th to 18th May, giving everyone seven possible chances.

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Medical professionals, or those registering on their behalf, will get seven chances to win tickets. Photo: Getty Images

In order to win, we would recommend logging into the site before the new allocation at 00:01 (Doha time), filling in the form, and having it ready to submit. As soon as it’s 00:01, hit submit and hope you got there first. In case you don’t win on the first day, keep trying and hopefully, you’ll get lucky!

Airlines picking up on the trend

While Qatar is the first to give such a large offer to medical professionals, airlines have been doing their bit for medical workers. American, in partnership with Hyatt, offered thousands of New York medical workers a three-night vacation to select destinations. Other airlines, such as JetBlue and Delta, have not given holidays but instead offered free tickets to those volunteering in the medical efforts and need to get somewhere to help.

Qatar has offered the most generous program of any airline, but we could see more airlines adding their own offers soon. While some may see this as a PR stunt, regardless, it is important to recognize the efforts of the medical staff and thank them in any way you can, be it through food or flight tickets.

What do you think of Qatar’s new initiative? Should other airlines also join this effort? Let us know in the comments below.

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flydubai Won’t Resume Operations Until June At The Earliest

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has today announced that it will not be resuming scheduled passenger flights until June at…

flydubai Won’t Resume Operations Until June At The Earliest

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has today announced that it will not be resuming scheduled passenger flights until June at the earliest, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Passenger flights will continue to be suspended until June 4th, while some repatriation flights will still take place.

Budget carrier, flydubai, will not be resuming their commercial flights until June. Photo: flydubai

The suspension began on March 24th, when the unprecedented global crisis caused the country to go into lockdown. Initially, the temporary pause was supposed to end on April 7th.

As directed by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai will continue the suspension until the situation improves.

All passenger-carrying flights operate for repatriation purposes only,” the GCAA clarified.

Repatriation flights and transporting cargo

Although the airline’s commercial flights have been on a temporary pause, flydubai has ensured its customers of its efforts in other areas. The airline has been undertaking the repatriation of thousands of people across four continents.

As of April 30th, flydubai reported that they had conducted a total of 64 repatriation flights to 16 countries. Some of the countries include Iran, Afghanistan, and Somaliland. Furthermore, the airline’s repatriation services have helped over 9,334 passengers return to their homes.

Flydubai has been carrying out cargo and repatriation flights, amid the virus outbreak. Photo: flydubai

On top of that, the budget airline has succeeded in transporting more than 1,651,929 kg worth of medical supplies, perishables, and essential goods. Carried out by six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flydubai has completed 276 cargo flights to date. The products have reached 26 destinations.

A strong global demand for cargo remains, and the airline is working towards expanding its cargo operations,” said the carrier in an official statement.

In the same statement, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, acknowledges that the current situation has overwhelmed the aviation industry. He assures travelers that flydubai is prepared to overcome the crisis, and says its grounded fleet is undergoing maintenance. The airline is allocating 18 hours of service to each aircraft per week.

We see this period as an opportunity to recalibrate our business, and our unrelenting focus is now on laying the groundwork, together, for a smooth full return to service in due course,” explains Al Ghaith.

Other UAE airlines

Other airlines in the United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, have begun resuming flights.

As early as May 15th, Etihad Airways is launching scheduled flight operations between Melbourne and London. The move comes days after the carrier was allowed to start carrying passengers into UAE.

UAE airline, Etihad Airways, is set to resume some flights at the end of the week. Photo: Lars Hentschel via Wikimedia

Emirates, one of the only airlines that have reported a rise in profits amid the outbreak, has started resuming limited passenger flights. According to The National, the airline will begin operating flights from Frankfurt and London into Dubai.

Dubai’s current situation

The city of Dubai has been lockdown since March 24th, with stricter measures being put in place every two weeks.

Currently, no outdoor activities are allowed. According to CNBC, residents must submit permits should they wish to leave their house – this includes essential trips to supermarkets and pharmacies. Masks and gloves are compulsory when leaving the house, and failure to comply may even result in police action.

As of today, the United Arab Emirates has reported 18,878 positive coronavirus cases, with 201 deaths.

What do you think about flydubai extending its flight suspension? Have the suspensions affected you? Let us know in the comments.

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