Qatar has partnered with several GCC carriers to facilitate travel to FIFA World Cup matches
With the aim of making travel to the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament more accessible and affordable, airlines across the Gulf have announced increased capacity on flights to Doha via Match Day Shuttle flights.
The services will transport football fans with match tickets to Doha for a game and return them on the same day, removing the need to book an overnight stay.
All ticket holders, including those based in Qatar, will need to register for their Fan ID and a Hayya Card, which is now available on the Qatar2022 website and the Hayya to Qatar 2022 smart phonemapp. Those travelling to Qatar must register for their Hayya Card before boarding their flight.
The Hayya Card will grant fans access to the stadiums and free transportation to and from the stadiums using the Doha metro, with trains travelling directly from Hamad International Airport.
The partnerships will see operations of more than 180 daily shuttle flights to Qatar. Here are the carriers operating services.
In addition to its regular three daily flights, Air Arabia will operate 14 daily shuttle flights daily from Sharjah International Airport (which is just a 25-minute drive from Dubai International Airport) to Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. Passengers on board the shuttle flights will be entitled to 10kg of hand baggage each. Bookings for flights between Sharjah and Doha can be made through Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies. www.airarabia.com
The Dubai-based low-cost carrier will be offering 30 return flights everyday between Dubai and Doha between 21 November and 18 December 2022. Flights will operate out of Dubai World Central airport and passengers are advised to book flights at least four hours before the start time of the match they wish to see. www.flydubai.com
Kuwait Airways will operate 20 daily shuttle flights for football fans from Kuwait to Doha from 21 November to 18 December 2022. Each flight will have a capacity of 1,700 passengers and flights will arrive five hours before the start of the match they’re serving, returning on the same day after the match is finished. The service will be available exclusively to those holding a Fan ID, match ticket and return reservations. www.kuwaitairways.com
For the duration of this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Oman Air will operate an additional 48 daily flights between Muscat and Doha as part of Match Day Shuttle flights agreement with Qatar Airways. www.omanair.com
Saudi Arabia’s national carrier will operate 60 daily flights to Doha to facilitate travel for both fans and teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The same-day return flights will operate from both Riyadh and Jeddah to Doha. The shuttle tickets include transportation between the airport and the football stadiums. www.saudia.com