Qatar Airways has resumed flights to Phuket Island, Thailand, as the country reopened its borders for international operations for fully vaccinated travelers. The airline plans to deploy its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route.
Starting from July 2021, the air carrier will operate four weekly flights from Doha International Airport (DIA) to Phuket International Airport (HKT) with expectations to increase the total number of services to Thailand to 16 weekly operations. The airline already operates 12 weekly flights to Bangkok International Airport (BKK) this way providing a connectivity option for passengers traveling from Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
The recent Qatar Airways decision to resume flights to Phuket is considered as “a significant milestone in the recovery of international tourism,” Akbar Al Baker, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qatar Airways, was quoted in the company’s statement.
Phuket Island became the 93rd Qatar Airways destination, and the airline seems to be confident that Phuket could attract the high demand of travelers since it is considered to be one of the ideal destinations for the summer season of 2021.
Qatar Airways operates 30 Boeing 787-8s and 2 787-9 Dreamliners, 2 out of which are parked, according to the Planespotters.com data.