Qatar Airways is increasing flights to destinations in Pakistan such as Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.

Flights to Islamabad have increased from 11 to 14 weekly flights, to Karachi from 10 to 14 weekly flights, to Lahore from 11 to 14 weekly flights, and to Peshawar from five to seven weekly flights.

The airline will now operate 49 weekly flights to four cities in Pakistan with its Boeing 787 and A350 aircraft.

The carrier says it has increased its flights to Pakistan by 32 per cent, returning to its pre-Covid-19 levels.

“We are excited to increase our services to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, offering our passengers travelling to and from Pakistan connectivity to the largest networks in Europe, UK and the US via the Best Airport in the Middle East,” said Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.

“We remain committed to serving our customers in Pakistan and have worked hard throughout the pandemic to ensure we can operate as many flights as possible, in line with the directions of the Pakistan government. From operating special charter services to a number of commercial flights, we are delighted to now offer a strong schedule of services,” he added.

Covid-19 tests

Passengers from Pakistan are required take a Covid-19 test. The airline says passengers will need to give a negative test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure, when checking in.

Children below the age of 12 years are exempted from this test if accompanied by family members.

The airline says it is providing complimentary protective kits and disposable face shields for passengers.

Extending booking policy 

The carrier has extended its booking policy, allowing unlimited date changes. Passengers “can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination”.

The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance, says the airline.