Qatar Airways celebrated the start of its new direct non-stop service from Doha to Chiang Mai, Thailand at Chiang Mai International Airport, after its first flight was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute. The newly-launched seasonal service to Thailand’s second biggest city will operate a four times-weekly schedule from Doha, with a flight time of just over six hours.
The Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti travelled on board the inaugural flight with Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, and the Thai Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum. The group was received by officials of the government of Thailand.
Al Baker said they are excited to be adding historic Chiang Mai as the fourth destination of Qatar Airways in Thailand. He said that Thailand continues to grow in popularity with travellers seeking to explore and relax in the beautiful country. He added that the new route reflects the increasing demand from customers for more high-quality leisure destinations, especially in the Far East.
With the choice of four flights a week, passengers travelling from Chiang Mai are now connected seamlessly to more than 150 destinations, via our state-of-the-art hub in Doha. Next year we will add a fifth Thai destination to our network when we expand our services to include Pattaya, starting 28 January 2018.’
The Thai Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum said that the new direct service to Chiang Mai strengthens the deep and strong bonds of friendship that exist between the people of Qatar and Thailand.
We look forward to welcoming business travellers and holiday-makers to Chiang Mai so they can experience authentic Thai hospitality and enjoy the history and beautiful and tranquil surroundings of Thailand’s second largest city. I would personally like to thank and congratulate Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker for opening what I am certain will be a very popular and successful new seasonal service, and for bringing the world’s best airline to Chiang Mai.’
As Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai is well known for its relaxed lifestyle and laid back attitude. It has a long and revered history going back to the medieval period, during which many of the city’s hundreds of ancient and beautiful temples were built. Many still remain and are popular destination for tourists, as are the nearby rainforest reserves, stunning mountain scenery and peaceful country villages. Chiang Mai has excellent hotels and restaurants with many international businesses relocating to the city to take advantage of its excellent infrastructure. Along with Qatar Airway’s new service from Chiang Mai to Doha, and codeshare flights with Bangkok Airways, the city enjoys direct international flight connections to all major countries in the region, including Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar.
Qatar Airways Cargo also currently offers belly service on its Bangkok and Phuket routes. With the introduction of passenger flights to Chiang Mai, the overall cargo capacity out of Thailand will increase to over 800 tonnes a week.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) QR822 Departs: 7:55 pm Arrives: 6 am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Chiang Mai (CNX) to Doha (DOH) QR823 Departs: 7:10 am Arrives: 10:55 am
For more information about the new Chiang Mai route, visit the Qatar Airways website through this link.