Qatar Airways will give away 100 000 free tickets to frontline healthcare professionals to say ‘thank you’ for their work during the current COVID-19 pandemic, says a press release from the airline.

The giveaway will open at midnight on May 12 and close at 23h59pm on May 18 (Doha time). Healthcare professionals can register for the offer at by submitting a form to receive a unique promotion code, offered on a first come, first served basis.

Healthcare professionals from every country in the world will be eligible for tickets. Each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets, depending on its population size, staggered over a seven-day period from May 12-18.

Those who receive the promotion code can book up to two complimentary economy-class return tickets on Qatar Airways-operated flights – one for themselves and one for a companion – to anywhere in the airline’s global network. Tickets must be booked before November 26, with travel valid until December 10. The tickets will be fully flexible, with an unlimited number of destinations or date changes allowed without any fees.

The statement said eligible healthcare professions were limited to doctors, medical practitioners, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, lab technicians and clinical researchers. A valid employer ID will need to be presented at the airport at the point of check in.