Qatar Airways takes off from PHL on September 16 — marking the resumption of international service from Philadelphia. Much has changed since the airline made its last flight from PHL in March. What can passengers traveling to Doha expect?
If it’s your first time at PHL since the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll notice many health and safety enhancements, including plexiglass safety shields at ticketing desks, TSA checkpoints and PHL Food and Shops merchants, and social distancing markers in queues and seating areas. All guests and airport employees are required to wear masks while on PHL premises. No mask? No problem — free masks are available at airport information counters. For more on PHL’s COVID-19 response, click here.
Qatar Airways is also taking extra precautions to keep passengers safe. Passengers must wear facemasks and face shields throughout their flights (face shields will be distributed at boarding gates). Flight crews wear personal protective equipment suits, masks, shields and gloves and will distribute personal protective kits to passengers onboard the plane. At Hamad International Airport in Doha, arriving and departing passengers are screened for COVID-19 and all inbound and outbound baggage is disinfected. For more on all of Qatar’s health and safety measures, click here.
“On behalf of Qatar Airways, we are thrilled to be relaunching three weekly flights to Philadelphia,” said Eric Odone, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, The Western Region. “The City of Brotherly Love is a very important U.S. market for the airline, and we are excited to continue rebuilding our network in America while maintaining our status as the world’s largest carrier.”