Qatar Airways has launched non-stop flights
between Doha and U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
U-Tapao is the airline’s fifth route to the Kingdom of Thailand,
and the first new route launch for Qatar Airways in 2018.
Flight QR828 is scheduled to depart Doha (DOH)
every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at
20:05 to arrive in Pattaya (UTP) at 06:30 the following day. QR829
is scheduled to depart Pattaya every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday at 07:50 and arrive back in Doha at 11:40.
Qatar Airways Group Chief
Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are
delighted to be the first Middle East airline to offer direct
flights to Pattaya. Having also launched flights to Chiang Mai in
Thailand just last month and soon to launch our sixth-daily flight
to Bangkok, this new route reinforces and deepens the strong ties
that exist between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand.
Thailand is continuing to grow in popularity among our
Qatar Airways will operate the route with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with 22 seats in
Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Director of U-Tapao Airport
Authority, Rear Admiral Luechai Sri-Eamgool, said, “We warmly
welcome Qatar Airways’ first direct flight from Doha to U-Tapao
Rayong Pattaya International Airport. U-Tapao Airport is a
cornerstone of the Eastern Economic Corridor that the Thailand
government is aggressively developing. These new direct flights
will open up further seamless air connectivity for tourists and
business visitors looking to visit Pattaya and the Eastern
Seaboard, further boosting our tourism industry and also aid in
the development of foreign investments into U-Tapao Pattaya.”
Qatar Airways has successfully operated services to Thailand for
more than 20 years. The airline began services to Bangkok, its
first destination in Thailand. Since then, the airline has been
steadily increasing its number of flights to the country due to
tremendous passenger demand.
The airline currently operates
services 35 times a week to Bangkok, 14 times a week to Phuket,
daily to Krabi, and as of last month, four times a week to Chiang
Mai. The new four-times-weekly service to Pattaya increases the
airline’s total weekly frequency to 64 flights a week to Thailand.
From 25 March, the airline will also increase its service to
Bangkok to six daily flights, making the total number of flights
operated to Thailand to 71 weekly flights.