Qatar Airways continues to grow in Southeast Asia with three more destinations being added before the end of the year. The announcement was done during the recent ITB Berlin by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker. “We continue to see enormous opportunities in the region. With our newest aircraft such as the Airbus A350, we can also fly secondary destinations and be beneficial”, he explained.
The carrier will open 14 confirmed new routes until the summer season 2017 all around the world adding in Southeast Asia two new destinations: Chiang Mai and Krabi will be served from December 2016. With four destinations, Thailand will be the ASEAN country with the largest number of destinations served by Qatar Airways.
Asked about the seasonality of both destinations, Qatar Airways CEO replied: “I agree that there is a seasonal demand today as they are no direct convenient flights to bring people to Northern Thailand or Krabi from April to October. I assure you that we will change that pattern and I feel very confident over the success of our new routes”.
Akbar Al Baker added that Qatar Airways will also fly a direct route to Siem Reap out of Doha. The route will be open depending of airplanes being delivered. Talking about Indonesia, the CEO still sees growing potential but the government has so far blocked attempts by the carrier to open new routes, particularly to Surabaya.
Qatar Airways is the largest carrier to ASEAN in terms of served destinations. The carrier currently serves 12 destinations with a total capacity of 221,000 seats per month, Bangkok alone representing slightly over 25% of all capacities with 56,700 seats per month. With Cebu soon to be opened and the new announced destinations, Qatar Airways will serve at the end of the year 16 destinations.
|QATAR AIRWAYS IN ASEAN
|SEATS CAPACITY 04/16|
|Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh||7,792|