Qatar Airways intends to boost its traffic in south-east Asia after signing a codeshare agreement with Thailand’s domestic carrier, Bangkok Airways.
The alliance will give the Gulf national carrier access to destinations across Thailand as well as the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and the largest city in Myanmar, Yangon.
Effective immediately, the Thai locations are Kho Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Trat, Sukhothai, Lampang and Krabi.
“Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha is strategically well placed to connect east and west, and through this new partnership with Bangkok Airways we are able to cater to passengers who wish to seamlessly connect onwards to further destinations in countries where the airline already has an established presence – in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
“This new codeshare with Bangkok Airways gives our passengers greater and easier access to more points across Thailand which is one of our most popular destinations in Asia.”
Bangkok Airways senior vice president network management Peter Wiesner added: "This new partnership will offer better flight connectivity for passengers travelling on long-haul routes with Qatar Airways to Bangkok for their onward journey within Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
“Moreover, Thailand’s key destinations, namely Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai, always have great potential which attract a large number of tourists. Therefore, we believe this partnership will offer a unique service for Qatar Airways’ passengers and will strengthen Bangkok Airways’ extensive network as well as boosting tourism in Thailand and Asia."
Qatar Airways operates flights between Doha and Bangkok four times a daily, as well as a daily service to the island of Phuket.
It also already flies daily to Phnom Penh and Yangon.
The airline is one of the fastest growing and has already launched four new routes this year.