Qatar Airways launched direct flights from Doha to Phuket on October 12, starting with six weekly flights.
Serviced by a 272-seat Airbus A330, the new route will be Qatar Airway’s second destination in Thailand, after Bangkok.
“The Middle East in general and GCC countries in particular are very important sources of visitor arrivals for us in Thailand,” said Pramoth Supyen, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Dubai office.
Middle East visitor arrivals to Thailand from January to August increased 25 percent over the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways will increase flights between Doha and Bangkok from two to three flights daily from November 1. (TTG Asia)