BANGKOK, 31 October 2016: Thai AirAsia will operate direct flight services from Bangkok (DMK) to Kolkata in India, effective 16 December.
According to the airline, the Indian outbound travel market is growing fast and Koltaka the largest city after Mumbai has strong trading links with Thailand’s Indian community. Visiting friends and relatives traffic prospers.
Thai AirAsia already flies to three Indian destinations: Chennai (five flights weekly), Bengaluru (five flights weekly) and Kochi (daily).
Thai AirAsia reported strong demand for its flights to and from Chennai and Bengaluru with average load factors of around 83% in 2016. A service to Kochi started last May and traffic so far has not been as strong as the other two destinations.
Indian tourists arriving on flights at Don Mueang Airport can book through to 35 destinations in in Asia, using the Thai AirAsia fly thru service. Passengers pay an additional fee for the service, but it allows them to check their baggage through to their final destination and fast-track transit and immigration services.
The airline sets a one-way promotional fare, inclusive of airport tax, on Bangkok-Kolkata route at THB1,890. The fare is available on limited seats.
While it is considerably cheaper than Thai Airways International without the add-on fees, once luggage, seat and meal selection are included the fare is not much different to TG’s lowest promotional fares that come with restrictions on flight changes.
The best offer on Skyscanner during the third week of December pegs Thai AirAsia’s roundtrip Bangkok-Kolkatta at THB5,089 without add on fees. THAI offers the same nonstop flight at THB9,450 which includes 20 kg luggage allowance, a meal and seat selection.