Qatar Airways will return to Gatwick airport with the resumption of three weekly flights from London Gatwick.
However, the airline will be operating these flights by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It has a seating capacity of 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy.
The airline will be operating four daily flights from London Heathrow, three daily flights from Manchester. And three weekly flights from Edinburgh throughout December.
Building a Strong Position
Qatar Airways UK & Ireland country manager, Gary Kershaw, said, “We are delighted to resume our flights to London Gatwick. Further cementing our position as the leading international carrier providing connectivity to the UK.”
In addition, he said, “The resumption of London Gatwick services is a significant indicator of the resilience of the UK travel market. And we look forward to resuming more of our UK destinations. To support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region.”
However, by resuming Qatar Airways flights at London Gatwick the passengers of British Airways will be able to book travel again from London Gatwick. To destinations across Qatar Airways’ network in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
As Oneworld alliance partners, frequent fliers will surely get recognition of their frequent-flyer status. And with benefits including access to lounges worldwide, through check-in, extra baggage allowance. Moreover, plus accrual and redemption of miles, priority check-in, and boarding across the partner carriers’ networks.
Welcoming Qatar Airways Back
Stephen King, head of airline relations at Gatwick Airport, said, “We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways back to Gatwick after the second national lockdown.”
In addition, he said, “It is great for passengers that Gatwick and Qatar Airways can offer the opportunity to fly to Doha.”
“Alongside our airlines, Gatwick has implemented a number of extra measures to keep both passengers and staff as safe as possible traveling through Gatwick, helping to rebuild public confidence in air travel.”
Protection Kits For Passengers
However, the airline will be providing protection kits to passengers. These kits will include face shields, hand sanitizer, a surgical face mask, and disposable gloves. The airline will be giving these to passengers before they board their airplanes.
These disposable face shields are available in two sizes. One for adults and one for children. However, infants under the age of two do not fall for this requirement.
The economy class passengers must wear the face shield at all times, except when they are eating or drinking. However, it is not obligatory for business class passengers to wear face shields at all times. According to Qatar, the business class passengers can wear it, “at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy.”
However, it is necessary to wear them during boarding and embarkation.
Qatar Airways said it believes passengers will respect the new rules.
“Anyone refusing to wear the face shield during the boarding process will be not allowed to travel,” a Qatar Airways spokesperson said in a statement.