Passengers travelling to and from Kathmandu can enjoy more flexible travel options via the most connected and Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport
Qatar Airways is excited to announce the resumption of three weekly flights from Kathmandu that started from 5 September 2020. Services to the capital city of Nepal will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and Airbus A320 aircraft.
As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, the categories of passengers that
are allowed to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal are:
United Nations specialized organizations
All embassies working in Nepal
Additionally, all arriving passengers in Nepal must have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled flight time and must have completed an online entry form. For more information, passengers can visit our COVID-19 travel alert page available via our homepage qatarairways.com for the latest updates, with respect to their travel.
Qatar Airways Area Sales Manager – South Asia Sub Continent, Karthik Viswanathan, said: “At Qatar Airways, we continue to reinforce our commitment to get our passengers safely to where they need to be. We are delighted to be flying to Nepal again and this thrice-weekly service to Kathmandu will help reunite many stranded passengers who have been unable to return home due to global travel restrictions. We welcome the reopening of Nepal to commercial flights and I want to thank the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for their support in helping us to operate several charter flights throughout this pandemic to help get people home.”
Qatar Airways continues to lead the industry in providing global connectivity by resuming flights to just over half the destinations it operated pre-COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents. By mid-September, the national carrier of the State of Qatar will operate over 650 weekly flights to more than 85 destinations, providing more flexible travel options to more global destinations than any other airline.
To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.
According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier between April to June by fulfilling its mission of taking people home. This enabled the airline to accumulate unmatched experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably and uniquely positioned the airline to effectively rebuild its network. The carrier has stringently implemented the most advanced safety and hygiene measures onboard its aircraft and in Hamad International Airport.
Qatar Airways’ on-board safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.
Qatar Airways operations are not dependent on any specific aircraft type. The airline’s variety of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choices for the most strategically important long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.
Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has implemented stringent cleaning procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its terminals. Passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15 minutes and boarding gates and bus gate counters are cleaned after each flight. In addition, hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and security screening points. HIA was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.