Reuters: Qatar Airways CEO says will keep flying but warns cash is running out

Even Qatar Airways will need state aid to survive.

From Reuters:

“Qatar Airways will continue to operate flights as long as necessary to get stranded travelers home, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker (below) told Reuters on Sunday, but warned that the carrier could soon run out of cash.

(PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

“We have enough cash to take us through a very short period of time,” he said in a phone interview.

He said the airline would eventually have to seek support from its owner, the Qatar government.

The Middle East carrier is one of few global airlines to continue operate after the coronavirus decimated travel demand almost overnight.”

The airline also made this short statement:

We know this is an anxious time for many stranded travellers around the world. New travel restrictions are imposed every day limiting the places we can fly. We are working closely with governments around the world and where possible we will operate charter flights to help get their citizens home.

In the destinations where we are still able to operate, in collaboration with local embassies we will be upgrading flights to larger aircraft or adding new flights to help get people home.

Operational routes

We are still operating flights to many cities around the world including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Sydney, helping thousands of passengers get home safely.

Please be advised that, due to the current operating context of entry restrictions imposed by governments to limit the spread of coronavirus, our schedules may change at short notice.

Passengers are advised to check our real-time Flight Status page for the latest information.

Please also note that a number of countries have issued restrictions on entry for overseas travellers. We strongly recommend all passengers check the information published by the Government of their destination country before travelling and visit: International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The airports we are currently serving are:


  • Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
  • Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)


  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Asia and Pacific

  • Angeles City Clark International Airport (CRK)
  • Auckland  International Airport (AKL)
  • Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
  • Brisbane Airport (BNE)
  • Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
  • Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
  • Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
  • Krabi International Airport (KBV)
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
  • Male International Airport (MLE)
  • Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
  • Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
  • Perth Airport (PER)
  • Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
  • Phuket International Airport (HKT)
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
  • Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
  • Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
  • Yangon International Airport (RGN)


  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)
  • Barcelona El Prat Airport  (BCN)
  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
  • Birmingham International Airport (BHX)
  • Brussels Airport (BRU)
  • Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
  • Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • Helsinki Vantaa International Airport (HEL)
  • Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
  • Manchester International Airport (MAN)
  • Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)
  • Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Nice Côte D’Azur Airport (NCE)
  • Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg (LED)
  • Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
  • Vienna International Airport (VIE)
  • Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Middle East

  • Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)

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