Qatar Airways has introduced non-stop flights between Doha and Pattaya, marking its fifth destination to Thailand.
The airline’s inauguration flight to the holiday destination of Pattaya touched down at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport on Monday.
Flight QR828 arrived at the Pattaya airport shortly after 06:30am, and was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to be the first Middle East airline to offer direct flights to Pattaya.
“Last month, we launched flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand. Soon, we will launch our sixth daily flight to Bangkok. The new route deepens the strong ties that exist between the State of Qatar and Thailand.”
He continued: “We are excited to offer our travellers more destinations to choose from in the Far East, and to connect the people of Pattaya to Qatar Airways’ extensive global network of more than 150 destinations around the world.”
Director of U-Tapao Airport Authority, Luechai Sri-Eamgool, said: “We warmly welcome Qatar Airways’ first direct flight from Doha to Pattaya.
“The new direct flights will open further seamless air connectivity for tourists and business visitors to Pattaya, and boost our tourism industry and foreign investments.”
Qatar Airways’ new four-times-a-week service to Pattaya on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offers comfort, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
The airline has operated services to Thailand for more than 20 years. The airline began service to Bangkok, its first destination in the country.
Currently, Qatar Airways operates services to Bangkok 35 times a week, 14 times a week to Phuket, daily flights to Krabi, and as of last month, four times a week to Chiang Mai.
The new four weekly service to Pattaya increases the airline’s total weekly flights to Thailand to 64.
From March 25, the airline will also increase its service to Bangkok to six daily flights, increasing flights to Thailand to 71 per week.