* Airline will operate four weekly flights starting July 1
Qatar Airways has announced that it marks a significant milestone in the rebound of international leisure travel with the resumption of four weekly flights to the famed holiday destination of Phuket, Thailand, starting July 1.
In addition to its 12 weekly Bangkok flights, the airline will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to Thailand, providing "seamless connectivity for its passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and United States", the airline has said in a statement.
As Thailand reopens to holidaymakers from around the world, fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to visit once again while also enjoying the award-winning hospitality and service available on Qatar Airways and at its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), the first and only 5-Star Covid-19 Safety Rated Airport in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said, “With the resumption of flights to Phuket, Qatar Airways marks a significant milestone in the recovery of international tourism. We are proud to have lead the industry, setting the benchmark for safety, innovation and customer service throughout the pandemic.
“We know many of our customers are eager to get back flying and return to some of their favourite holiday destinations, such as Phuket. Famed for its many exotic beaches, family-friendly atmosphere, turquoise waters and delicious local cuisine, Phuket is an ideal destination for a summer getaway. We look forward to working with our partners in Thailand to support the recovery of their tourism sector.”
Launched in 2010, Phuket became Qatar Airways’ 93rd destination at the time. The resort destination is a magnet for holidaymakers, particularly from Europe, the Middle East and United States. The route will be served by the airline’s modern and sustainable Boeing 787 Dreamliner with seating for 22 passengers in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.
As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub, HIA, achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star Covid-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating, the statement notes.
These achievements highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing its passengers with an industry-leading experience at every point of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the wellbeing of its passengers both on the ground and in the air, it adds.
The Phuket schedule from July 1 is as follows:
* Doha to Phuket - QR 840 departing at 2.55am and arriving at 1.30pm (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
* Phuket to Doha - QR 841 departings 2.30am and arriving at 5.30am (Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).