Qatar Airways is giving away 21,000 complimentary tickets to teachers across the 75 countries in which it operates.

The giveaway marks World Teacher’s Day, with a daily allocation of tickets available for each country from 4am Doha time on Monday to 3.59am on Thursday.

The airline said the move was to thank teachers “for their vital work in educating young people worldwide during the challenges brought by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”.

Teachers who successfully register via will receive one economy class return ticket to anywhere on Qatar Airways’ current network of more than 90 destinations worldwide, in addition to a voucher for 50% off one future return ticket that they can use for themselves, a family member or a friend.

Both tickets are valid for travel up to 30 September 2021 and will be subject to the airline’s flexible booking policy.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, said: “We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of teaching professionals around the world who continue to educate our young people in these times of uncertainty. We know that it has not been an easy task, yet teachers have been incredibly resourceful, turning to online learning and other methods.

“As the largest airline flying consistently throughout the pandemic, we have also supported students in recent weeks by flying to wherever they need to be to start their studies on charter as well as scheduled flights. As an airline, we firmly believe in the importance of education and are committed to lending our support to educational causes.”