(MENAFN) Qatar Airways (QA) announced its plans to increase the number of destinations it serves to 220 by 2022 from the current 164.
"There is no slowing down for us and together with our freighter destinations, we are planning to have 250 destinations by 2022," QA Group Chief Executive Akbar al Baker told reporters at a press conference in Doha on Monday.
The unjust blockade, he said, would not deter the national carrier from expanding. It would launch new destinations to make up for the lost routes in the blockading countries, Baker added.
On the possibility of impose fuel surcharge if oil prices continue to rise, Baker said,"We have oil hedging but if the prices continue to rise and cross the hedging, we will impose a fuel surcharge."
In early June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East, while Qatar, denied the accusations, describing attempts to diplomatically isolate it as a violation of international law and its national sovereignty.
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