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Published on Monday, March 30, 2020

Qatar Airways says it will need financial aid soon

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker says the airline will continue flying but is fast running out of cash.

It will need a state bailout soon, Baker told Reuters

It is operating a fairly comprehensive flight schedule to Europe, Asia and Australia, and has 1,800 flights over the next two weeks.

"We have received many requests from governments all over the world, embassies in certain countries, requesting Qatar Airways not to stop flying," Baker said.

However, without state support, the airline can only continue for a 'very short period of time.'

"We will surely go to our government eventually for equity."

Employees have taken voluntary unpaid leave and Baker will take no salary until the airline resumes full operations.

Although Emirates and Etihad Airways have grounded their planes, Qatar Air hasn't benefitted by raising airfares.

"We are not taking advantage, this is a time to serve people who want to be with their loved ones in a very trying time," he said.

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  • Not taking advantage?

    Qatar flights from Sydney/London are $3,500 plus pp. My son has had 3 flights cancelled on him so far and can't afford to pay what Qatar are asking. My other son came back on a Qatar flight from Tokyo via Doha today and both sectors had many empty seats. Qatar don't need to put on extra flights - just ensure the ones they have are properly filled and sell the seats at the normal price.

    By Kate Kenward, Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Flights at four times the price

    While it is good that Qatar are bringing loved ones home, they are now charging four times the price on a Sydney/London flight, averaging at AUD3,500 PP in economy. Is this 'not taking advantage'?

    By Kate Kenward, Monday, March 30, 2020

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