Qatar Airways has launched its second
destination in Thailand following the commencement of scheduled
flights to Phuket.
The Thai holiday resort island becomes the
airline’s 93rd destination and the eighth new route launched by
Qatar Airways so far in 2010.
The flights operate from Doha to
Phuket via Kuala Lumpur and are scheduled to provide connections
from several of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe, which form
the bulk of tourist traffic to the holiday island.
Phuket services are part of an overall capacity increase to
Thailand, which sees Qatar Airways boost its
Doha – Bangkok
frequencies from twice daily flights to triple daily effective
from 1 November 2010.
“Visitor numbers to Phuket are on the rise and Qatar
Airways will look to take advantage of our European connections
from countries like Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and
other parts of Europe to bring them to Phuket. Foreign visitors
are expected to top 4.5 million in 2010 and with only a handful of
airlines offering flights from Europe, the opportunity is there
for us to acquire market share,” said Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker.
the airline’s first flight to Phuket was Qatar Airways Senior Vice
President Commercial East Asia & Southwest Pacific Marwan Koleilat,
who said that the airline will also target outbound business
traffic from across the southern Thai province.
second wealthiest region in Thailand, Phuket Province is an ideal
city for Qatar Airways to serve. It has a population of over 1.5
million, which swells during the tourist season, and the airline
is ready to welcome onboard local executives and, in particular
international hotel brands who will benefit from the convenience
and connectivity that this flight creates,” said Koleilat.
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve
120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern
fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 89
aircraft, flying to 93 destinations across Europe, Asia, Middle
East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
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