Qatar Airways has launched more flights to multiple destinations in Southeast Asia.
The Doha-based carrier has started adding extra services to the Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as to the Thai beach resort of Krabi.
“The Asian market is very important for us, so we are very pleased to be able to increase our flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Krabi,” said Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. “Thousands of passengers every day already experience the seamless connection between flights through… Hamad International Airport, and now we have made it even easier for them to reach these increasingly popular Asian destinations.
“We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our global network of flights and add value by increasing services across our network in respond to customer demand,” he added.
In Vietnam, Qatar Airways has launched a new direct daily service to Hanoi, in addition to its existing daily flights from Doha via Bangkok. Ho Chi Minh City’s daily service will also increase to 10 flights per week, effective 1 January 2018. And from 1 December 2017, Qatar Airways will increase its direct Doha-Krabi service to daily flights.
The additional Asian flights follow the recently announced expansion of Qatar Airways’ existing service to Colombo and the new route to the Australian capital, Canberra. This growth comes despite the recent GCC blockade, which has restricted flight paths into and out of Doha.
In total, Qatar Airways is planning to launch 26 new destinations between now and the end of 2018, including Chiang Mai, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Santiago.
The airline is also expanding its fleet, with outstanding orders for more than 150 new long-haul aircraft, including Boeing 777s, 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s.