Gulf Carriers Boost Capacity To Southeast Asia

Qatar Airways

Bangkok and Manila benefit most

Gulf carriers continue to strengthen their frequencies to and from Southeast Asia as market’s demand remains buoyant for that part of the world.

Manila benefits most of it. Following a recent air agreement between Qatar and the Philippines, Qatar Airways will add six more frequencies per week to Manila from October 26, offering a total of 14 weekly flights against 8 this summer. The airline also offers a daily flight between Doha and Clark. Until the end of August, Qatar is also boosting its presence to Kuala Lumpur, proposing three additional flights. The carrier serves during the summer the Malaysian capital with 24 frequencies instead of 21.

In parallel, Oman Air also boosts its presence to Manila. From August 1st, the carrier will offer a daily flight instead of three weekly services. The service takes place on an Airbus A330 in a high density configuration. Earlier this year Oman Air also added Singapore to its network.

Bangkok benefits from a fourth daily flight to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways. The flight was launched on July 1st and use a Jet Airways B777-300ER aircraft. However, this will switch to Etihad own A330-200 from September 9, 2015.