Edinburgh will gain access via the Gulf to many destinations from July 1, when Qatar Airways is expected to restart flights to Doha.

The news was reported on Wednesday evening by The Scotsman.

Qatar Airways UK and Ireland manager Gary Kershaw was quoted by The Scotsman as saying “Passengers to and from Edinburgh can seamlessly connect with over 40 cities across Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East.”

While that statement would be correct when everything returns to normal, as readers will have seen from our many news pieces and forum threads, a number of nations continue to apply quarantine restrictions or are currently closed to international arrivals.

For example, ABC News recently quoted transport minister Simon Birmingham saying that Australia would remain closed to international visitors until 2021.

Then there is the matter of connections at Doha. Until airlines resume normal service any connection possibilities may not be “seamless”.

In other Scottish route news:

  • Turkish Airlines plans to restart Istanbul-Edinburgh flights on July 15
  • Emirates plans to restart Dubai-Glasgow flights on July 15, followed by Dubai-Edinburgh on September 1
  • Delta plans to restart New York-Edinburgh flights on August 2

Remember that with all the uncertainty the situation can change depending on government requirements, Covid-19, nationality and so on, so check ahead for the latest schedule information.