Coronavirus: Qatar Airways to scale back Heathrow service

Qatar Airways is continuing to operate four times a day to Heathrow but the frequency will drop to twice a day from April 1.

In a statement today, the Doha-based carrier said: “We appreciate this is a difficult time and that many people around the world are trying to find a way to get home.

“At Qatar Airways we continue to operate more than 150 flights per day so that as many people as possible can get home safely to their loved ones.

“As at 24 March, we are operating services to over 70 cities worldwide.

“We are constantly reviewing our operations to see where there is more demand and requests, and wherever possible we will add more flights or bigger aircraft.

“This is a challenging time for the aviation industry and we are thankful to airports and authorities and their staff around the world for their incredible efforts to help us get passengers home.”

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Only Qatari nationals are allowed to enter the country but passengers with onward connections through Hamad International Airport will be accepted for travel.

Qatar will continue its operation for transit passengers as normal, subject to entry restrictions at their final destination. Cargo operations remain unaffected.

Elsewhere in the Gulf region, Etihad Airways suspended transit travel through Abu Dhabi airport last night. All its services will be suspended tomorrow.

The Emirates Group will temporarily suspend most passenger flights by Wednesday but will continue to operate to the UK and some other countries ‘until further notice’.

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