Qatar Airways Announces Winter Schedule with Plans to Resume Flights between USA and India

Many travelers have been waiting for Qatar Airways to resume flights between the US and India since some green corridors were set up for air bubble flights to and from India. Is Qatar Airways flying to India Now? Yes, but only from Doha as part of the Qatar-India air travel bubble agreement – which took effect on August 18, 2020. Currently, only Qatari nationals, OCI cardholders with Qatari passports, and Indians stranded in Qatar can travel on Qatar Airways’ air bubble flights to India.

However, Qatar Airways has announced its winter schedule starting this December 2020, giving us some hope about the most-awaited resumption of its normal passenger flights between India and USA. In one of the recent press briefings, the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that India, most probably, would resume normal international civil flights by Diwali 2020 – which is another indication about Qatar Airways planning to restart its US-India services via Doha.

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As per the winter schedule announced on October 2, 2020, Qatar Airways will operate flights to 124 destinations including some of the major cities in India and the United States. By the end of 2020, Qatar Airways is likely to serve New York (JFK), Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington DC (IAD). Atlanta and Miami have been dropped from the winter schedule. New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Goa, Nagpur, Amritsar, and Trivandrum are Qatar Airways’ India destinations for the upcoming season.

“Many of our customers, whose Qatar Airways flights to India were cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, are planning to rebook their travel early in 2021. We hope to continue booking cheap Qatar flight tickets to India from USA as we had been doing before the pandemic disrupted travel. Qatar Airways is one of our trusted, long-time airline partners,” said the chief customer relations officer of Indian Eagle.

San Francisco is all set to be Qatar Airways’ ninth destination in the United States and the second destination in California. Starting December 15, Qatar Airways will operate four weekly flights to San Francisco, using an A350 which features the award-winning QSuite business class. The A350-900 with QSuite has earned kudos for making long-haul business travel equally comfortable and luxurious. Qatar Airways’ SFO-Doha direct flights will connect with India and other countries, and go into competition with Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air India and United Airlines.

With air travel pacing up across geographies, San Francisco is eyeing to reposition itself as a key business and leisure destination. United Airlines announced to connect between San Francisco and Bengaluru, India with nonstop flights in 2021.

There is yet no clue to whether Qatar Airways is planning to offer pre-flight COVID tests like Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Lufthansa. A negative COVID-19 test report from the port of origin is one of the few ways to get exempted from institutional quarantine in India. Recently, IATA (International Air Transport Association) called for governments to share the COVID-19 testing costs with airports and airlines, so that the flying public feels confident about air travel amid the current pandemic.

Subject to the Indian aviation regulator’s approval, Qatar Airways will serve most of its US-India routes with daily or more frequencies. If certain countries, including India, uphold their travel/entry restrictions affecting Qatar Airways flights, passengers will be given “the most flexible and generous options to reschedule their plans,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO.

13 thoughts on “Qatar Airways Announces Winter Schedule with Plans to Resume Flights between USA and India

  1. Nazrul islam sheikh

    Wanted qatar airways to resume flight from mumbai to usa with out delay. Because they are the best.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Yes, Qatar Airways is among the best. However, Qatar Airways has not yet announced the exact date of resuming its US-India services.

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  2. Sharon

    Have US- india flights resumed by Qatar? I see them on travel portals.
    Also, will B1/B2 visas be permitted in board Qatar? Or are there any restrictions?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sharon! Not yet. Qatar is likely to resume its operations on US-India routes this year end. Whether people with B1/B2 visas will be permitted on Qatar Airways flights, is still uncertain. Please keep a watch on our Facebook page or the Travel News for the upcoming updates.

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  3. Indira Vadlamani

    When will the Chicago ORD- Doha- Hyderabad flight resume? It is the only option for us to travel to HYD as we have only traveled Qatar airlines. Will the connection in Doha mean that the booking is to Hyderabad or does this mean we check out in Doha and check in again (that is inconvenient). We have OCI but are US passport and not Qatari Passport . Please help clear the confusion.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Indira! Currently, Indians and foreign nationals of Indian origin (US passport holders) can’t travel on Qatar Airways from USA to India. As of now, Qatar Airways does not have approval to fly passengers from USA to India. Currently, you can travel on Emirates, Delta-Air France, Air India and United Airlines. Since not all international routes are open now, it is better to consult a travel advisor for the best itinerary for your trip. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969.

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  4. Chandrashekar Shetty

    I would like to travel to Dallas (DFW) in the second week of November to meet my son and daughter in law. Can we travel by United Airlines ?
    Is November schedule is out ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chandrashekar! United Airlines’ November schedule is not yet announced. However, United Airlines will be operating between USA and India for sure. You can easily book your travel on our website Indian Eagle or you can contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itinerary. All the information relevant in the current scenario will be provided to you.

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  5. Ravindran K T

    We plan to Dallas/Houston/ Austin in the last week of Nov 20. Can we take Qatar airways flght from Kozhikode via Doha.

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  6. GP Patel

    We received cancellation from Qatar today for my parents tickets….It was from Atlanta > Dallas > Doha > Ahmedabad (31st Oct)….The primary reason was Doha to Ahmedabad cancellation.

    Does anyone know when Qatar is resuming operation from Doha to Ahmedabad

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Patel ji! Only Qatari nationals and Indians stranded in Qatar can travel on Qatar Airways flights from Doha to Ahmedabad. You’re neither a Qatari national nor an Indian stranded in Qatar; hence, your Doha to AMD flight with Qatar Airways is cancelled. Please be advised to check before booking. You can feel free to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for valid bookings and all the information relevant to travel in current circumstances. Thank you!

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  7. Yunus

    I was looking for qatar flying to India for long time,this is best website I found ,well one more thing I am like so many other Indian wishing the sooner they start flying India is better I love flying with them ,hope indian government makes decision soon.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yunus! We’re glad to be appreciated. We too are waiting for resumption of Qatar Airways services to India for travelers from the US.

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