Qatar becomes largest cargo airline in the world
Qatar Airways’ share of the passenger and air cargo market has grown significantly over the past three months, marking Qatar Airways the current largest passenger airline and the largest cargo airline in the world.
Qatar Airways Cargo has prioritised medical and aid shipments working closely with governments and NGOs to transport over 200,000 tonnes of essential supplies to impacted regions. The airline has continued to operate a significant schedule operating over 15,000 flights to take over 1.8 million people home. Qatar Airways Cargo has become the leader in global air freight since the blockade was imposed on June 5, 2017 and despite the continued Covid-19 crisis. The airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has also continued to lead the industry and ranks third among the best airports in the world.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “It has been a testing few years but Qatar Airways will always continue to represent our country with integrity, flying our nation’s flag proudly around the world. Our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, customer-focused solutions and dedicated staff have enabled us to continue succeeding in the face of two unprecedented aviation events. Despite the many attempts by the blockading countries to blemish our excellent reputation, I am proud to say that my country and the airline have managed to persevere and grow over the last three years.
“Our airline like our country remains open to engagement, that is why when gave away 100,000 complimentary tickets to health care workers around the world to say thank-you for their important work during this crisis. We even allocated tickets for the blockading countries, further highlighting our noble and philanthropic intentions. I am pleased that health care professionals in all of these countries claimed the full allocation, and we look forward to taking them on a thoroughly deserved holiday as travel restrictions around the world ease.
“The Qatar Airways Group, like the nation it represents is resilient and strong. The achievements we have made despite the illegal blockade stand as a tribute to the commitment, drive and perseverance of our staff and of our nation under its young ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to whom we dedicate our work.”