Qatar Airways CEO defends 160 further each day flights at ‘climate-neutral’ World Cup

Qatar Airways CEO defends 160 extra daily flights at 'climate-neutral' World Cup


Abu Dhabi, UAE

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has defended a plan to operate more than 160 extra flights to shuttle spectators from the region to Doha and back each day, for what has been advertised as the first “carbon neutral” FIFA World Cup.

Qatar Airways announced on Thursday it had partnered with regional carriers to allow World Cup ticket holders to fly into Doha and back from neighboring countries just for the day. Climate advocates say the decision flies in the face of the tournament’s sustainability goals.

“Please don’t believe people saying only negative [things],” Akbar Al Baker told CNN’s Becky Anderson in an interview on Monday, adding that he was confident the flights would be full.

“[We] have airplanes which have very low emissions compared to the normal aircraft most of the other airlines fly,” including long-haul…