DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The MoU was signed by Qatar Airways chief commercial officer Ehab Amin, in the presence of Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and TAT’s deputy governor for international marketing, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, Tanes Petsuwan on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
The airline CEO, Akbar Al Baker said: “Boosting our Bangkok flights to five daily is a significant commitment from us to the Thai market and testament to the strong year-round demand on this iconic Far East route.”
The partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand will help to drive passengers from secondary cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to visit Thailand.
The fifth daily flight to Bangkok will provide seamless connectivity with more flights from some of Thailand’s key tourist source markets in Europe such as the United Kingdom, Italy and also the Middle East. Across the board, there is also continued strong demand for leisure travel on the Bangkok route all year-round.
The new daily flight will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, providing an additional 254 seats per day.
In addition, passengers travelling to other domestic points in Thailand can connect seamlessly with the Bangkok Airways codeshare flights to Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Koh Samui, among others through the airline’s codeshare agreements with Bangkok Airways.
For 2017, TAT has set a target of 34.5 million international visitors and some 1.81 trillion baht (USD50 billion) in international tourism receipts – this represents a 10% year-on-year increase.
Qatar Airways has also set its sights on serving Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand.
Doha – Bangkok (additional daily flight)
Doha (DOH) to Bangkok (BKK) QR 826 departs 1740 arrives 0425+1
Bangkok (BKK) to Doha (DOH) QR 827 departs 0555 arrives 0825.