Qatar Airways has launched non-stop flights between Doha and U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
U-Tapao is the airlines fifth route to the Kingdom of Thailand, and the first new route launch for Qatar Airways in 2018.
Flight QR828 is scheduled to depart Doha (DOH) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 20:05 to arrive in Pattaya (UTP) at 06:30 the following day. QR829 is scheduled to depart Pattaya every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 07:50 and arrive back in Doha at 11:40.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, We are delighted to be the first Middle East airline to offer direct flights to Pattaya. Having also launched flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand just last month and soon to launch our sixth-daily flight to Bangkok, this new route reinforces and deepens the strong ties that exist between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand. Thailand is continuing to grow in popularity among our passengers.
Qatar Airways will operate the route with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Director of U-Tapao Airport Authority, Rear Admiral Luechai Sri-Eamgool, said, We warmly welcome Qatar Airways first direct flight from Doha to U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport. U-Tapao Airport is a cornerstone of the Eastern Economic Corridor that the Thailand government is aggressively developing. These new direct flights will open up further seamless air connectivity for tourists and business visitors looking to visit Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard, further boosting our tourism industry and also aid in the development of foreign investments into U-Tapao Pattaya.
Qatar Airways has successfully operated services to Thailand for more than 20 years. The airline began services to Bangkok, its first destination in Thailand. Since then, the airline has been steadily increasing its number of flights to the country due to tremendous passenger demand.
The airline currently operates services 35 times a week to Bangkok, 14 times a week to Phuket, daily to Krabi, and as of last month, four times a week to Chiang Mai. The new four-times-weekly service to Pattaya increases the airlines total weekly frequency to 64 flights a week to Thailand. From 25 March, the airline will also increase its service to Bangkok to six daily flights, making the total number of flights operated to Thailand to 71 weekly flights.