Qatar Airways Consolidates All Doha Hub Lounges Into Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge, Al Safwa Closed

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Qatar Airways has undertaken the step to close all of their Doha based lounges (including Al Safwa First Class) with the exception of the popular Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge.

With this measure Qatar Airways wants to consolidate all passengers eligible for lounge access to a single facility instead of running four of them at the same time with very few passengers.

This will prove to be a blessing for many, namely those Economy Class travelers with status who usually can only use the designated Business Class / First Class lounges in which case Al Mourjan is a huge upgrade.

First Class Passengers who normally receive access to Al Safwa First Class Lounge have to put up with the Al Mourjan for the time being just like it was prior to Al Safwa being opened a few years ago.

Although the lounge policy isn’t reflected (yet) you can access QR’s COVID-19 travel policies here.

Passengers from all destinations served by Qatar Airways can still travel with the airline and transit through Hamad International Airport, subject to entry restrictions at their final destination.

However, because of the operational challenges faced due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) we have altered or cancelled some of our services.

If you are affected, you can re-book your ticket to alternative dates or destinations, opt to receive a voucher for future travel, or get a refund. This policy applies to all tickets issued anytime until 30 September 2020, for travel on or before the same date. …

We are still operating flights to many cities around the world including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Sydney, helping thousands of passengers get home safely.

Please be advised that, due to the current operating context of entry restrictions imposed by governments to limit the spread of coronavirus, our schedules may change at short notice.

Qatar Airways has been very good in maintaining a flight schedule that allowed many passengers to repatriate to their home countries, although these flights were pretty expensive in many cases.

According to my Qatar Airways contact at the Bangkok office they shut down the lounges last night and the universal Al Mourjan solution will be in effect until further notice.

Those who usually have access to the Al Safwa First Class Lounge will certainly miss their rather luxurious day rooms :

The a la carte dining service will also give way to the downgraded options at Al Mourjan which in any case is still better than the standard Business/First Class facilities for oneWorld Sapphire/Emerald customers in Economy.

Conclusion

It makes a lot of sense to reduce the rather wasteful operation of 4 lounges when the passenger load is barely enough to fill the very nice Al Mourjan through daily operations.

Qatar Airways has been bleeding money throughout the last few years ever since the gulf blockade came into affect and COVID-19 didn’t help to heal these wounds, quite the opposite as the got deeper. As such I understand that the flight that do in fact operate aren’t exactly dirt cheap. Gotta commend them too for keeping lounges operating at all while other airlines have shut them down entirely.

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