QA to send 8 planes with medical aid to China on Feb 21 Feb 18, 2020 0 992 12345 CATHERINE W GICHUKIDohaQatar Airways (QA) will send eight planes loaded with medical supplies to China on February 21.This was announced by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) Akbar al Baker on Monday.“We have been offering freighter services to China. We will send eight planes on the 21st of this month to China. While two of the aircraft will go to Beijing, three each will go to Shanghai and Guanghzou. These planes will carry medical supplies donated by the Government of Qatar, Qatar Airways, several other countries and Chinese embassies around the world,” Baker said on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the 17th edition of the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE).Baker said these eight planes will be departing for China at an interval of four minutes.“This is to show our appreciation and support to the Chinese people.”He said Qatar Airways is the only international airline that has offered to transport medical supplies to China free of charge in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.He noted that Qatar Airways is not the only company that deals with this situation.Baker said the suspension of Qatar Airways flights to China was not due to the coronavirus, but because of operational constraints, as many countries imposed a ban on entry of cabin crew that go to China.Baker pointed out that any negative impact on China will impact every single income in the world. Baker said China has the largest number of tourists in the world, and anything happens there must affect and reflect negatively on the movement of tourists to and from China.“The losses that will incur on the passengers getting out of China and passengers going into China will be substantial to the airline. I cannot give you the figure because I don’t know how long this problem will persist,” he said.He said it was unfortunate that many countries reacted by stopping any cabin crew or pilot that operates to China. “This caused Qatar Airways a huge operational distraction. Therefore, we could not operate to China as we cannot segregate the crew.” RELATED ARTICLES PM meets UN Counter-Terrorism Committee official Feb 18, 2020 0 1395 Ashghal opens fourth underpass at Mesaimeer Interchange Feb 18, 2020 0 754 New measures in place to protect, promote workers’ rights: Ashghal Feb 18, 2020 0 552 ‘Protect activists, ensure freedom of speech’ Ashraf Siddiqui Doha The International Conference on “Social Media: Challenges and Ways to Support Freedom and Protect Activists” concluded on Monday, with a call for safeguarding the rights of social media .. Shura discusses draft law on minimum wage The Shura Council will continue the study of the report of its Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee on a draft law setting a minimum wage for workers and domestic workers. On Monday, the Shura Council discussed the .. Private clinics, spl appointments for Qataris at 20 health centres, says PHCC QNA Doha The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has made provisions for private clinics and special appointments for Qataris at 20 health centres to meet their increasing needs. The citizens will be allocated .. Qatar pledges $5 mn to help rebuild quake-hit Albania Qatar has pledged $5 million for Albania to help alleviate the sufferings of the people hit by a terrible earthquake last November. Qatar made the announcement at the International Donors’ Conference organised by the ..