More than 50,000 offshore workers and seafarers have taken advantage of the facilities at the world’s first airport lounge for their exclusive use since it opened less than seven months ago.

The provision of a dedicated lounge provides those working in offshore industries travelling with Qatar Airways a luxurious haven during their journeys.

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In addition to an international selection of food and drinks, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, showers, a television area, reading materials and a business centre are available.

“We offer something no other airport or airline in the world currently provides — a peaceful space for these key workers to relax during their flight transfer as they make their way home or to their next posting,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al Baker said.

Late last month, the Mariner Lounge at Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital, Doha, held a ceremonial opening to mark the International Maritime Organization’s Day of the Seafarer 2021, with hundreds of free flight upgrades as part of the festivities.

Since April last year, Qatar Airways has flown more than 380,000 offshore workers and seafarers for repatriation and crew changes.

“We are pleased to have played a leading role in the repatriation of seafarers stranded due to the pandemic, working closely with governments and the maritime industry,” al Baker added.