BANGKOK, 30 June 2016: Thai Airways International will transfer its Chongqing, China and Penang, Malaysia flights to its subsidiary company THAI Smile Airways, effective July.
In a press statement released Wednesday, THAI president, Charamporn Jotikasthira, said Thai Smile Airways will operate daily flights with an A320 aircraft replacing its THAI’s services to Chongqing, China, effective 1 July.
THAI flights to Penang, Malaysia will transfer to Thai Smile 16 July.
The transfer of flights to Thai Smile Airways follows the corporate strategic plan for Thai Smile to operate to secondary cities in ASEAN and the region, using the smaller A320s.
THAI will concentrate on services to major cities across Asia and its long-haul network.
However, there are snags in how the booking systems of the two airlines interface and talk to each other. It is not always possible to book a flight online with Thai Smile and then connect it to a long-haul flight booking on THAI without switching websites and separating the transactions. Travel agencies can complete the task easily enough through a GDS, but it becomes more problematic for consumers who prefer to book directly online.
Currently, Thai Smile Airways operates to nine domestic destinations from Bangkok; Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Surat Thani, Hat Yai, and Narathiwat.