Explore more of Asia with Qatar Airways' flight expansions in 2018

2018-01-19 10:33 - Kavitha Pillay
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Qatar Airways' new flight to Bangkok. (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - South Africans can kick off their 2018 travels by exploring even more of Asia with Qatar Airways' flight expansions to affordable and popular destinations such as Bangkok.

Multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways offers an additional flight to Bangkok from 25 March 2018, providing passengers "more flexibility in visiting the Thai capital".

This new service follows its launch of direct service to Thailand’s Chiang Mai in late 2017.

SEE: Qatar Airways to launch seasonal flights to Thailand’s Chiang Mai

In addition to this, the airline is preparing to launch direct service to the Thai city of Pattaya later in January 2018, as well as service to Penang, Malaysia in February.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, says “With our recent inauguration of direct service to Chiang Mai, and our upcoming launch of direct flights to Pattaya later this month, we are pleased to now make it easier than ever for our passengers to visit the Land of Smiles.”

“Thailand is one of our most popular destinations, for both leisure and business travellers alike, and we will continue our efforts to provide our passengers even more opportunity to experience this captivating country,” he adds.

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Qatar Airways currently operates 14 times per week to Phuket, daily to Krabi and four times per week to Chiang Mai. The additional service to Bangkok will take the number of weekly flights to the Thai capital to 42.

Here is the new additional flight schedule from Doha to Bangkok:

  • Doha (DOH) to Bangkok (BKK) QR980 departs: 01:55 arrives: 12:55
  • Bangkok (BKK) to Doha (DOH) QR981 departs: 20:35 arrives: 23:45


Qatar Airways was voted Skytrax Airline of the Year by travellers from around the world, as well as a number of other major awards at the 2017 ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge. It also recently invested in new technology to give customers faster access to full airfare and travel product information and a better purchase experience.

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The airline operates more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

In addition to launching a host of new destinations in 2018, including Penang, Malaysia; Canberra, Australia; and Cardiff, UK, it recently launched a new daily non-stop route to St Petersberg, its second destination in Russia.

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