The world’s first airport lounge for the exclusive use of seafarers and offshore workers has surpassed more than 50,000 visitors since it opened its doors in late 2020.
To mark the International Maritime Organization’s ‘Day of the Seafarer,’ Qatar Airways held a ceremonial opening event.
Located at Qatar Airways’ hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, the Mariner Lounge was officially opened by the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Day of the Seafarer on June 25.
Dedicated to Ship Crew
The provision of dedicated lounge facilities provides ship’s crews and those working in offshore industries travelling with Qatar Airways an exclusive and luxurious haven during their journeys.
In addition to an international selection of food and beverages, facilities include unlimited high-speed wi-fi, shower facilities, a television area, reading materials and a Business Centre.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is pleased to have played a leading role in the repatriation of seafarers stranded due to the pandemic, working closely with governments and the maritime industry. The international shipping industry is the lifeblood of the world economy, and as a leading global airline, Qatar Airways is truly proud to support the seafarers who, along with us, keep the world moving.
“We offer something no other airport or airline in the world currently provides – a peaceful space for these key workers to relax during their flight transfer as they make their way home or to their next posting. I hope many more seafarers will sample our hospitality at the Mariner Lounge.”
Exclusive Benefits for Seafarers
Eligible seafarers and offshore workers can relax in style and experience exclusive benefits of the new lounge in addition to our world-class service and hospitality.
During the pandemic, Qatar Airways has carried more than 3,80,000 seafarers and offshore workers since April 2020, including repatriations and crew changes, and there have been around 100 charters carrying around 28,000 mariners.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the aviation industry and, despite this, Qatar Airways never ceased operations and worked diligently to take people home safely and reliably throughout the crisis.
The airline has also added eight new destinations in the past 12 months including San Francisco and Seattle in the US, Abidjan, Abuja, Accra and Luanda in Africa, and Brisbane and Cebu in Asia Pacific.
As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub Hamad International Airport, achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating.
These achievements highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing our passengers with an industry-leading experience at every point of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the wellbeing of our passengers both on the ground and in the air.
Full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, are listed on qatarairways.com/safety.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is advertising for cabin crew positions, with more staff likely to be needed ahead of hopefully busy rest of the year. However, the roles are only open on a rehire basis to former cabin crew members that it had previously let go amid the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, it looks like the deadline for applications is July 24.
Simpleflying.com said as it stands, Qatar Airways plans to allow applications to come in until July 24.
However, high-demand listings in the travel sector can sometimes close early if they prove particularly popular.
While it is impossible to know, this may prove to be the case here, with the airline’s former cabin crew surely desperately eager to return to the skies to do what they love.