According to Qatar Airways‘ chief executive officer, the carrier has canceled flights to 18 destinations in order to make space at Hamad International Airport for planes carrying soccer fans to the World Cup.
Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, stated that accommodating a number of flights that will be landing in the nation for the competition was currently the top priority. Over 1.2 million tourists are anticipated in the nation for the World Cup, which begins on November 20.
32 nations will take part in the World Cup, which will be staged in Qatar over eight stadiums. The priority, he continued, “is not Qatar Airways’ network but giving access to all participating countries and bringing in big numbers of people,” adding that “we have reduced and withdrawn from 18 destinations in order to make space at Hamad international airport for fans.”
In order to stay in a city before the World Cup, many fans who will be traveling to Qatar are considering Dubai. Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Airways Badr Mohammad Al Meer said: “For shuttle flights, there would be 500 each day; for charter flights, the list has not yet been finalized.”