Qatar Airways Expands Its Presence In the U.S

by Benjamin Pham

Recently, Qatar Airways officially announced its flight resumptions and increased frequencies for flights to a number of its destinations in the U.S. The Doha-based carrier will resume flights to Atlanta while increasing flight frequencies to Houston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft Worth, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle. 

The airline plans to operate four weekly flights to Atlanta. In addition, the carrier will add an additional 13 weekly flights, which will bring the total to 83 weekly flights across its 12 destinations in the U.S. for the spring and summer. 

“We are proud to be the leading Middle East airline providing safe and reliable connectivity to and from the United States via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. Having never stopped flying to the U.S. throughout the pandemic, we have steadily rebuilt our network, gradually resuming destinations and adding more frequencies,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said. “With the upcoming launch of Seattle and the resumption of Atlanta, we will reach 12 gateways in the U.S, two more than what we operated pre-COVID-19.”

The Qatari carrier will fly to Chicago 10 times weekly starting 4 March 2021, while flights to Dallas will be increased to 10 starting 2 March 2021. Furthermore, flights to Miami will increase to three times weekly beginning on 3 July 2021, and the airline wants to fly to Houston and San Francisco daily starting 14 March and 2 July, respectively. 

Partnerships With U.S. Carriers

Qatar Airways’ increased presence in the U.S. is in support of its partnerships with American Airlines – a fellow member in the Oneworld airline alliance –  and JetBlue. Additionally, Alaska will officially join Oneworld on 31 March 2021. 

Al Baker said,“Our commitment to the U.S. market has also seen us add and expand strategic partnerships with American carriers, offering our passengers hundreds of additional flight connections with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue. As we look forward to global travel recovering in 2021, we will remain focused on providing seamless, safe and reliable connectivity to our millions of passengers and ensuring we continue to earn their trust every time they choose to fly with Qatar Airways,” a sentiment characterized by the airline’s decision to grow its network in the U.S. and remain a prominent Oneworld member.

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