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Qatar Airways has announced that it will begin a phased approach to expand its network, initially to 52* destinations by the end of May and to 80* in June.

Athens is scheduled to be among the airline’s destinations operating by the end of June.

Currently, the airline operates flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Throughout this crisis our passengers have been at the centre of our focus. Our airline has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence. We have maintained a flexible and agile network to help take over 1 million people home through our state of the art hub in Doha and to transport more than 100,000 tonnes of essential medical and aid supplies to where they are needed.”

By the end of June, the aim is to have 80 destinations in the schedule including 23 in Europe, four in the Americas, 20 in Middle East/Africa and 33 in Asia-Pacific.

The gradual expansion will focus initially on strengthening connections between the airline’s hub in Doha with the global hubs of its partner airlines around the world including London, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong along with reopening many major business and leisure destinations such as Madrid and Mumbai.

Qatar Airways said it maintains the highest possible hygiene standards, which include the regular disinfection of aircraft, the use of cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and thermal screening of crew.

In addition, Qatar Airways’ aircraft feature the most advanced air filtration systems, equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97 percent of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air.

Africa: Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Johannesburg , Lagos, Nairobi, Tunis

Americas: Chicago , Dallas, Sao Paulo, Montreal

Asia-Pacific: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Mumbai, Calicut, Kolkata, Colombo, Kochi, Dhaka, New Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Trivandrum, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Europe: Athens, Budapest, Moscow, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich

Middle East: Amman, Beirut, Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Teheran, Sulaymaniyah, Kuwait, Muscat, Mashad, Najaf, Sohar, Salalah, Shiraz

*Subject to regulatory approval

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