Qatar Airways’ first direct non-stop flight to the beautiful holiday destination of Pattaya touched down at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport today, inaugurating the airline’s newest Thai destination.
This celebration marks Qatar Airways’ fifth route to the south-east Asian country and is the first new route launch for Qatar Airways in 2018.
Flight QR828 touched down at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport just after 06:30 and was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to be the first Middle East airline to offer direct flights to Pattaya. Having also launched flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand just last month and soon to launch our sixth-daily flight to Bangkok, this new route reinforces and deepens the strong ties that exist between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand.
“Thailand is continuing to grow in popularity among our passengers.
“We launched this new route in direct response to increasing demand from our passengers, and we are proud to be able to fly them on our aircraft to experience our unrivalled five-star service.
“We are excited to offer our travellers more destinations to choose from in the Far East, and to connect the people of Pattaya to Qatar Airways’ extensive global network of more than 150 destinations around the world.”
Pattaya is a major resort city located on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, and a popular holiday destination for travellers from both within Thailand and abroad, seeking to experience the local Thai hospitality and culture, or relax on one of Pattaya’s long, stunning beaches.
The main attractions include the three kilometre-long Pattaya beach that runs parallel to the centre of the city, the Sanctuary of Truth traditional wooden temple, a floating market and extensive shopping areas.