Bangkok : Qatar Airways will lift frequency on its Doha-Bangkok route from three to four flights daily effective 20 February 2013.

The addition will ensure Qatar Airways matches Emirates for daily frequencies, while its Abu Dhabi-based rival, Etihad Airways, continues to serve Bangkok with three daily services.

The services feed into networks covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said the additional flight were possible due to the arrival of more long-haul aircraft.

“Our strategy has always been to serve popular routes with multi-frequency flights and Bangkok is an example,” he said.

“Bangkok has proved to be an attractive route for us with increased passenger demand from key markets around the world.”

Other new destinations in the airline’s 2013 business pipeline are Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (23 January); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (20 February); Chengdu, China (19 March); Chicago, USA (10 April) and Salalah, Oman (22 May).