Qatar Airways expands Asia presence

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August 02, 2017: Qatar Airways’ rapid expansion plans are continuing apace after it unveiled even more flights to top destinations in Asia. The Doha-based airline added extra services to the Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as to the popular Thai holiday destination of Krabi.

Vietnam gets a boost to meet increased demand from business and leisure travellers. Passengers will benefit from a new direct daily service to Hanoi, in addition to the existing daily flights from Doha via Bangkok, doubling capacity to the city. Ho Chi Minh City’s daily service will also increase by three flights a week to 10, with the frequency increases starting from January 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, holiday-makers will find even more flights to the beautiful Thai beaches of Krabi, from 1 December, 2017, thanks to a daily service.

Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive, Qatar Airways, said, “The Asian market is very important for us, so we are very pleased to be able to increase our flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Krabi.

The additional Asian flights follow the recently announced expansion of Qatar Airways' existing service to Colombo in Sri Lanka and a new service to the Australian capital, Canberra. The frequency increases have come despite the recent GCC blockade, with Qatar Airways continuing its ambitious expansion plans and growth strategy to welcome more passengers on board to enjoy its customer service.

Qatar Airways is launching 26 exciting new destinations between now and the end of 2018, including Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, US; and Santiago, Chile.

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