Qatar Airways is launching as many as 26 “exciting” new destinations until end-2018, the national carrier said on Tuesday.
These include Chiang Mai (Thailand); Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Santiago, Chile.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways said its rapid expansion plans are continuing apace after it unveiled more flights to top destinations in Asia.
The award-winning airline on Tuesday 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 December 1, thanks to a daily service.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker 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.
“Thousands of passengers every day already experience the seamless connection between flights through our state-of-the-art Doha Hub at Hamad International Airport, and now we have made it even easier for them to reach these increasingly popular Asian destinations and experience our award-winning five-star service. We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our global network of flights and add value by increasing services across our network in response to customer demand.”
The additional Asian flights follow the recently announced expansion of Qatar Airways' existing service to Colombo 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 award-winning customer service,” the airline said.
Qatar Airways has this year alone been named Airline of the Year by the prestigious ‘2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards’ (the fourth time it has won this global accolade). 
Qatar’s national carrier also clinched ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.
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