Qatar Airways plans to continue flying to Brisbane until at least late October, raising the possibility that the Queensland capital could become a more permanent fixture on the Gulf airline's network map.
While the thrice-weekly flights were previously pencilled in to end on June 30, they'll now roll through to October 23 and continue to complement Qatar's flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
As with Qatar Airways' other Australian flights, Brisbane travellers will be treated to an Airbus A350-1000 which boasts the highly-regarded business class Qsuites.
Flight QR912 departs Doha at 11.55pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, reaching Brisbane at 8.45pm the following day.
All arriving passengers will need to spend 14 days in mandatory isolation at a Brisbane hotel, under quarantine measures introduced on March 29, although beginning July 1, they'll be footing the bill for accommodation and food costs which were previously covered by the state government.
The government has contracted a package deal with hotels across the state at $135 per room, with up to two adults and children allowed in a single room. Adults are charged $65 per person per day for meals, with children's meals at half price.
That pegs the total cost for 14 days at $2,800 for a solo traveller, $3,710 for a couple, $4,165 for two adults with one child and $4,620 for a family of four.
The QR913 return leg departs Brisbane at 10.15pm the following day, for a 6.10am arrival into Doha, with connecting flights to over a dozen destinations across the UK and Europe.
Australian citizens and permanent residents wishing to be on the flight out of Brisbane need to hold an exemption from the current nationwide travel restrictions.
Exemptions can be granted for a number of cases including essential travel "for the conduct of critical industries and business" or for urgent and unavoidable personal business, as well as to receive urgent medical care not available in Australia or travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds.
"It’s clear there is such a very strong desire amongst people all over the world to get home, so that is what we are wholly focused on right now – how can we get people home from right around the world," Simon Talling-Smith, Qatar Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, tells Executive Traveller.
That focus has seen Qatar Airways become not only Australia's most popular airline but also the world's. According to figures provided by the International Air Transport Association, the month of April – when Emirates and Etihad Airways were grounded, and Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific flew a skeleton schedule without transits – saw Qatar Airways account for almost 18% of the global market and some 1.8 million passengers.
Qatar Airways previously paid call on Brisbane through a short-term series of daily flights between March 29 and mid-April, as most other international airlines wound down, at the same time as it ramped up services to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.