Qatar Airways gives teachers free tickets as Covid-19 'thank-you'
Qatar Airways has staged a mass giveaway to mark World Teachers Day on Monday, offering 21,000 teachers a complimentary return flight and a discount as a thank you for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic."On the occasion of World Teachers' Day, we would like to thank all of the teachers around the world for their dedication to delivering high-quality education, and adapting to change when faced with challenges during these uncertain times," Qatar Airways said in a statement.
"To show our gratitude, we are offering complimentary tickets for 21,000 teachers so they can experience a well-deserved holiday to any of our destinations around the world," it added.
The airline also offered teachers a 50 percent discount for a future booking for themselves, a friend or a family member.
The company staged a similar giveaway to mark World Nurses' Day in March, offering 100,000 health care workers a complimentary flight as a thank you for their efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
The firm said that the combination of the coronavirus pandemic, a boycott by Gulf neighbours and the liquidation of 49 percent-owned Air Italy - which announced its bankruptcy in February - had resulted in a near doubling of losses.
This brought the carrier's net loss for the year to end-March to 7 billion riyals ($1.92 billion).
Qatar Airways is the second largest airline in the Middle East after Dubai-based Emirates, operating a modern fleet of 250 aircraft - although some remain grounded during the pandemic.
Qatar in July won a ruling at the International Court of Justice in its fight against airspace restrictions by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.