Qatar’s influence grows after SA Premier’s praise

Australian’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, said, “I am delighted to see the ongoing commitment of Qatar Airways to the Adelaide market. These flights will provide another freight route for South Australian exporters, enabling them to get their high-quality produce onto planes and into the Middle East and Europe.”

The flights will be the first regular international passenger service to the Middle East since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatar never stopped flying to Melbourne, Perth and Sydney during the crisis, and even expanded its offering to fly to Brisbane[1] for the first time.

In June, Australian Aviation reported that Qatar Airways’ share of passengers travelling to and from Australia leapt from just 3 per cent to 44.5 per cent in April.

The jump meant the carrier, owned by the namesake state, is now by far the biggest in terms of passengers carried – with previous number one Qantas slumping from 17.9 per cent to just 2.9 per cent.

The airline has launched a huge PR offensive on the back of continuing to soldier on during the pandemic, using the slogan ‘Taking You Home’.

With the resumption of flights to Adelaide, Qatar Airways will operate 23 passenger flights per week to Australia:

  • Two weekly flights to Adelaide
  • Three weekly flights to Brisbane
  • Four weekly flights to Perth
  • Daily flights to Melbourne
  • Daily flights to Sydney


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