Qatar Airways Steps Up Southeast Asia Frequencies

The Gulf carrier is also looking to relaunch flights to Davao and Phnom Penh while expanding to Medan.

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

Qatar Airways has shared updates on its plans for route resumptions and network expansion in a recent press conference at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel and tourism trade show. As global travel continues to rebound, the airline is adding over 655 weekly flights across the board to its summer 2023 schedule compared to last year. Frequency increases are in the pipeline for five destinations in Southeast Asia, though starting dates for the extra services have not been announced. The most notable change is the addition of a third daily nonstop flight between Doha and ever-popular Bali:

Destination Current Frequency New Frequency
Denpasar (Bali) 14 weekly 21 weekly
Hanoi 10 weekly 12 weekly
Ho Chi Minh City 10 weekly 12 weekly
Manila 17 weekly 18 weekly
Phuket 14 weekly (summer) 21 weekly (winter 2023/24)

Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the carrier is bumping up services to Hong Kong from 11 weekly flights to 14. Last month, Qatar Airways began operating a third daily flight to Phuket for the remainder of the winter season, on top of its existing four-times-daily services between Doha and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker also announced that the Gulf carrier would resume services to 11 destinations around the world, including Beijing, Davao, Osaka, Phnom Penh, and Tokyo Haneda. Among seven new destinations being planned for launch this year are Chittagong in Bangladesh and Medan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. At this stage, it is not yet known whether the Doha–Medan route will be flown nonstop or via a major gateway such as Kuala Lumpur.

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