Qatar Airways will boost services to Thailand with the introduction of non-stop flights to Phuket, effective 26 October 2014.

The airline currently serves the Doha – Phuket route daily via a linked service through the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said:

The start of non-stop services from Doha to Phuket offers travellers from around the world access to the popular tourist destination in a reduced time, from across our expanding global network. With the upcoming winter holidays, this is a great opportunity for travellers from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas to plan their break with a beach vacation to Phuket. Visitor numbers to Phuket are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of the non-stop connections to the city in the days to come.’

The direct flights to Phuket will be operated with an Airbus A330 in a two class-configuration of 24 seats in Business Class and 236 in Economy. Passengers can look forward to exceptional levels of comfort and Qatar Airways’ renowned award-winning Five Star hospitality.

Qatar Airways started operations in Thailand more than 14 years ago with non-stop flights linking Doha with Bangkok. The carrier now serves the Thai capital three-times-daily and will increase that to four-times-daily from 16 December 2014.

Qatar Airways launched daily flights from Doha to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur in 2010. The new non-stop service from 26 October will facilitate shorter travel times for the growing number of tourists to Phuket and for those heading out of Thailand.

Europe is a particularly strong growth visitor market for Phuket with the UK, Russia, Germany, France and Italy among the top five feeder markets. This makes Doha a strategic linking point for long-haul trips, thanks to the opening of the world’s newest aviation hub, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport. Passengers travelling from European cities to Phuket can relax, unwind, and freshen up in the modern world-class facility before they connect to Phuket.

The CEO added:

A dedicated non-stop Phuket service will help meet the growing demand the airline has for this particular destination. Moreover, Europe is an extremely popular destination for a number of Thailand-based locals as well. We are therefore very pleased to be able to continue to offer more options to those looking to travel with us and enjoy our award-winning five-star service.’

Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 135 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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The Doha (DOH) – Phuket (HKT) Daily Flight Schedule Commencing 26 October (all times local):

Depart Doha (DOH) QR840 at 7 am, Arrive Phuket (HKT) at  5:40 pm

Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays
Depart Phuket (HKT) QR841 at 7:30 pm, Arrive Doha (DOH) at 10:50 pm

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Depart Phuket (HKT) QR841 at 7:05 pm, Arrive Doha (DOH) at 10:25 pm