Qatar Airways has announced it will launch flights to Chiang Mai, its fourth destination in Thailand, as it expands to meet increased demand for Thai destinations from holidaymakers.
The new route comes in addition to existing services to the Thai capital Bangkok, and to the top holiday destinations of Phuket and Krabi.
The new four-times weekly seasonal service will operate between Doha and Chiang Mai, using a wide-body aircraft, from December 2017 until May 2018.
Laid-back Chiang Mai offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and has been called the ‘Rose of the North’ in recognition of its calm vibe and lush setting.
Nestled amid surrounding rainforest, Chiang Mai offers visitors an amazing authentic Thai experience, with scores of stunning temples, fabulous restaurants and incredible natural scenery.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Thailand continues to grow in popularity with holiday-makers and it’s not hard to see why.
“Our new flights to Chiang Mai mark our fourth route to this beautiful country, reflecting the demand from our customers for more high-quality leisure destinations.
“Our existing services to Phuket, Krabi and Bangkok are already incredibly popular, especially with customers from European countries such as the UK, France and Germany.
“Therefore, we are delighted to announce yet another destination, offering our renowned five-star service between Doha and Chiang Mai for leisure travellers.
“It also demonstrates our commitment to expand our reach with ambitious new routes around the world, taking our passengers to where they want to fly.”
Qatar Airways first started flying to Thailand in 1996 with a service to Bangkok.
Flights then followed to Phuket and Krabi.
The airline currently offers five daily flights from Doha to Bangkok, as well as a double-daily service from Doha to Phuket and three flights a week from Doha to Krabi.
Later this year, Krabi will become a daily service, which means the total number of flights each week to Thailand will rise to 60.
The start of this new seasonal service is the latest in a series of ambitious recent route launches announced by Qatar Airways, including Prague, Czech Republic; Kyiv, Ukraine and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.