Qatar Airways has marked an epic five-year milestone of flying its Adelaide to Doha route and is celebrating with the launch of its 5th-anniversary sale.
Qatar Airways celebrated 5 years of flying into SA with an anniversary event at Adelaide Airport, joined by representatives from the South Australian Tourism Commission and local partners.
Qatar Airways first launched services to and from Adelaide on 3 May 2016, flying the first Airbus A350 into Australia.
Since the commencement of services, Qatar Airways has carried over 490,000 passengers on Adelaide flights, supporting the state’s AUD $8.1 Billion tourism industry.
Alongside this, the airline has exported over 15,000,000 kilograms of cargo and imported over 15,200,000 kilograms of cargo on the route over five years.
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To mark the milestone, Qatar Airways adorned Adelaide Airport with decorations in the airline’s signature colours. There was a celebratory event with senior executives from Qatar Airways, Adelaide Airport, South Australian Tourism Commission and local businesses.
Qatar Airways’ Vice President Australasia & North Asia, Mr. Thomas Scruby, said: “This is a significant milestone for us as we celebrate five years of service to our Adelaide customers. We have always been committed to the South Australian market – it was the first airport in Australia that welcomed the Airbus A350-900 aircraft when we launched here in 2016.”
South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said it was pleasing to acknowledge Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to the South Australian market, particularly over the past 12 months.
“After keeping the state connected to the world throughout the pandemic, the airline has a significant part to play as we rebuild our tourism and freight sectors. We have enjoyed a strong partnership since 2016 and look forward to this continuing for many years,” he said.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said: “We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone with Qatar Airways, and to recognise their strong commitment to the Adelaide market, and Australian travellers more broadly. These services have provided crucial connections to the world for travellers and South Australian freight exporters over the past five years.”
The sale to celebrate
Qatar Airways is also thanking Adelaide for five years of support with a 5th-anniversary sale until 10 May 2021, with special fares departing from Adelaide from $1,459* return.
The airline has also updated its cancellation policy amid COVID-19, for guaranteed flexibility on bookings until 30 June 2021, for travel until 31 May 2022.
To book visit www.qatarairways.com/au or your local travel agent.
5 year celebrations in Sydney
Qatar also celebrated the significant 5-year anniversary of flying into Sydney in March.
It was 3 of March 2016 when the first Qatar Airways flight – QR909 took off to great fanfare from Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Aiport bound for Doha in Qatar.
Five years on and 5,200 flights later, QR has flown a remarkable 1.6 million passengers on the sector, including repatriating 92,000 travellers back to Sydney, Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic to date.
Regional Manager Australasia Cassandra Kerr said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the Qatar Airways network continue to grow as travel picks up. We’ve been gradually reinstating suspended destinations and additional frequencies in line with the relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.”
“I believe travel will steadily return, limited by entry restrictions rather than customer confidence. People will want to travel again, experience the world, and meet friends and family as well as business travel restarting.”
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