Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai on 13 December. The four times weekly service left Doha on 12 December, arriving in Thailand at 06:00 the following day.
- Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its fourth gateway in Thailand with its inaugural service to Chiang Mai (CNX) from its home-hub of Doha (DOH). Launched 12 December, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We are very excited to have launched our direct non-stop service to Chiang Mai. As our award-winning airline continues to grow its global network, expanding our presence with a fourth gateway into Thailand has always been a priority for us.” The Thai Ambassador to Qatar, Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, said: “Everyone in Chiang Mai is delighted to welcome Qatar Airways to Thailand’s second largest city. This new route extends the deep bonds of friendship that already exist between our two countries. Nearly 3,400 Thai citizens have made Qatar their home, including 1,224 who work for Qatar Airways. We look forward to the opening of Qatar Airways’ fifth Thai gateway when flights to Utapao near Pattaya commence in January next year.” Qatar Airways will operate a four times weekly service to Chiang Mai on its 258-seat A330-200 fleet, with the route facing no direct competition. The oneworld carrier will expand its global network further in 2018 by adding flights to Canberra, Penang and Cardiff to name just a few. See how Chiang Mai Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.