Here are the steps Qatar Airways is taking amid the coronavirus pandemic - Business Traveller

Qatar Airways has announced the steps it is taking to limit the spread of the Covid-19.

These measures include amending its flight schedule, working with governments to bring travellers home, and introducing new policies to “ensure the health and safety” of its staff and passengers.

The airline added that it has also transported 500,000 coronavirus test kits to Doha and will donate these to local health services.

“At Qatar Airways we continue to work hard to take people home to their families, while also ensuring robust health and safety practices to limit the spread of coronavirus,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive.

“We are adjusting our flight schedules on a daily basis, and since the outbreak of the virus we have stepped up our already robust hygiene practices. In these efforts, we do not work alone – I am grateful for the support we have received from local and national governments and entities, whom we are working in close partnership to overcome this pandemic,” he added.

Flight schedules and bookings

The Qatari national airline will continue to temporarily hold flights to countries that are severely affected by Covid-19 “due to entry restrictions implemented by many governments around the world to prevent the spread of the coronavirus”.

The airline said it will place a temporary hold on flights to Madrid Barajas Airport from April 4 and Barcelona El Prat Airport From April 5. It also temporarily cancelled flights to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport from April 1.

It added that it intends to reinstate flights in line with a return to regular conditions.

According to the airline, passengers that have booked or are planning to book tickets for travel up to September 30 this year can alter their travel date free of charge, or exchange their ticket for a future travel voucher valid