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Qatar Airways offers 100,000 free flights

Qatar Airways offers 100,000 free flights. Source: Getty

Qatar Airways will offer 100,000 free return tickets to frontline healthcare professionals to thank them for their efforts in battling the coronavirus crisis.

The giveaway marks National Nurses Day, and registrations for the offer will run from today until Monday 18 May. Each healthcare professional will receive two complimentary economy class return tickets - one for them and one for a companion.

Each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets depending on its population size, and the release of tickets will be staggered over the coming seven days. The daily allocation will be released at 00:01 AM Doha time (07:01 AM AEST) throughout the campaign period.

Healthcare professionals - that is, doctors medical practitioners, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, lab technicians and clinical researchers - who register and receive a promotion code must use that code to book flights before 26 November, with travel valid until 10 December 2020.

“We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of healthcare professionals around the world who looked after people in these times of uncertainty,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said.

“Their heroic display of kindness, dedication, and professionalism has saved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

“Now it is our turn to give something back to those on the healthcare frontline. There are no words or gestures that are enough to repay these brave men and women but we hope that our small offer of a complimentary return flight on Qatar Airways will allow them to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, visit family and friends or explore a destination they have always dreamed of, as travel restrictions start to ease.”

Qatar Airways has begun a phased approach to expanding its network, and aims to rebuild to 52 destinations by the end of May, and 80 by June.

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