Qatar Airways CEO Calls For Uniformity in COVID Response - APEX Media

Akbar Al Baker

Al Baker is calling for aviation associations to work together on establishing uniform requirements so airports can open safely and efficiently. Image via Qatar Airways

The lack of uniformity when it comes to border restrictions and quarantine requirements is the biggest challenge currently facing Qatar Airways in its operations, according to the airline’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways is currently flying some 700 weekly services to 95 destinations, CEO Akbar Al Baker told delegates at CAPA’s recent virtual Australia Pacific Aviation Summit. The airline had planned to increase the number of destinations to 120 by the middle of October, but has decided not to expand for the time being due to uncertainty surrounding border restrictions and airport reopenings, said Al Baker, adding that the airline has been forced to cancel flights with just a few days’ notice when airports have not reopened as planned.

Al Baker is calling for the World Health Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association to work together on establishing uniform requirements so airports can open safely and efficiently. He points, for example, to the situation in Europe, where every
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