LAPULAPU CITY – The GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) welcomed Qatar Airways’ re-launch of its direct service from Cebu to Doha, Qatar starting July 24 with three weekly flights from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to Hamad International Airport on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
A water cannon salute welcomed the inaugural Doha flight that arrived in Cebu on July 24 at 4:45 p.m., serviced with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a capacity of 42 business class seats and 312 economy class seats.
“Despite the challenges we have encountered at the start of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to help bring home our kababayans to their families and at the same time slowly jumpstart our economy,” said MCIAA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Steve Dicdican.
GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Acquuah-Harrison said that the relaunch showed that MCIA continues to give passengers options to return to the Philippines, or connect them to their destinations.
Harrison said that the return of the Doha service allowed airport management to adhere to the commitment of offering more connectivity to the rest of the world.
“And we are delighted to be launching a new direct service to Cebu, offering our passengers another gateway into the Philippines,” he added.
According to a statement from Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, the airline has never stopped flying ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It has been Qatar Airways’ mission to take people home safely during the pandemic, and the airlines helped more than two million people get home to their loved ones since February.
“With over 40 onward available connections to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, passengers from Cebu and Guangzhou will be able to enjoy the ‘Best Airline in the World and the World’s Best Business Class Seat’ while also having access to the largest and broadest network in the region via Hamad International Airport, the Best Airport in the Middle East,” the statement read.