With tourism in Thailand becoming bigger and bigger every year, it makes sense that more and more options for travel beyond the usual bus to Bangkok from Krabi would be available.
For European travellers, Qatar Airways is launching new, direct flight routes from Doha, Qatar to Pattaya, noted for being one of Thailand’s most popular resort cities located in the eastern seaboard. This new route joins the Qatar Airways listing of direct flights into popular Thailand cities, with direct routes to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuken, and Chiang Mai.
The opening of the new air route was marked by Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner Boeing 787 landing at one of the runways in the U-TapaoRayong Pattaya International Airport. The inaugural flight, Flight QR828, touched down around 0630 hours, and was welcomed by Thailand with the traditional water cannon salute. The airline is already scheduled for four weekly services.
Chris Lee, the Director for the UK of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, stated during the ATF in Chiang Mai earlier in January of 2018 that the one-stop service from UK would lead to tour operators to look at beach destinations in Thailand, located along the coastline, from Pattaya to Trat province’s Chang Island, not far from the Thailand-Cambodia border.
He says that Qatar’s direct flight services to destination in Thailand from Qatar’s capital create links that allow tour operators to see holiday options in the country beyond the usual gateway destinations.
Pattaya will be hosting the annual Thailand Travel Mart this June of 2018, a trade show for tour operators from across the globe and, this year, the focus will be on post-event trips that show off Thailand’s other destinations, particularly those located along the coastline, up to the Trat province, located near the Cambodian border.
A typical transfer from an international flight can tack on an additional 2 hours of queuing at immigration, plus additional travel time, whether by plane or other methods, such as by bus to Bangkok from Krabi, which can be a hassle.
CEO Akbar Al Baker Qatar Airways, says that the Qatar Airways is happy to be the first Middle Eastern airline with direct flights to Pattaya, following their launching of direct flights to Chiang Mai, and set to launch another route to Bangkok, he says that these developments strengthen the bond between Qatar and Thailand.