Qatar Airways cuts flights due to aircraft shortage

Some Qatar Airways passengers could find themselves bumped onto other flights this summer as the national carrier reduces the frequency of 15 of its regular routes.

The move is in response to aircraft delivery delays, an airline official said. The affected destinations include three US cities and a new service to Adelaide in Australia.

Other affected cities include Copenhagen, Jakarta and Manchester, all of which are losing one flight a week starting this summer, according to industry tracking website Airline Route.

Additionally, the launch of direct service to Sarajevo is being pushed back by nearly two months.

In a statement to Doha News, a spokesperson said the service reductions are due to holdups in receiving new planes from European manufacturer Airbus.

Affected routes

QATAR Airways in this week’s schedule update has made further frequency changes on a number of destinations, between June and October 2016, as a result of aircraft redeployment. Planned frequency changes, including those reported:

Doha – Adelaide 01AUG16 – 30SEP16 Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Doha – Birmingham 01AUG16 – 29OCT16 Reduce from 8 to 7 weekly
Doha – Boston 06JUL16 – 28SEP16 Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Doha – Copenhagen 03AUG16 – 30SEP16 Reduce from 14 to 13 weekly
Doha – Houston 05JUN16 – 28AUG16 Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Doha – Jakarta 10JUL16 – 30SEP16 Reduce from 21 to 20 weekly
Doha – Manchester 02AUG16 – 29OCT16 Reduce from 16 to 15 weekly
Doha – Miami 01JUN16 – 30AUG16 Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Doha – Nairobi 07JUL16 – 29OCT16 Reduce from 21 to 20 weekly, 18 weekly from 29JUL16
Doha – Philadelphia 01AUG16 – 29AUG16 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Doha – Phuket 03AUG16 – 31AUG16 Reduce from 11 to 9 weekly
Doha – Pisa 08SEP16 – 29OCT16 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Doha – Sarajevo Planned service launch from 07SEP16 is postponed to 02NOV16, 3 weekly service
Doha – Stockholm 01JUN16 – 30JUN16 Reduce from 10 to 9 weekly. Service will also reduce from 10 to 8 weekly from 01AUG16 to 30SEP16
Doha – Vienna 01AUG16 – 31AUG16 Reduce from 12 to 10-11 weekly

 

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