BANGKOK 3 October 2017: THAI Smile Airways and its parent company, Thai Airways International, launched two new routes at the weekend to Taiwan and Laos.
The Bangkok – Kaohsiung route serves the busy southern seaport and second largest city in Taiwan, while the service to Luang Prabang gives the two airlines access to a popular tourist destination and World Heritage site in Laos.
This is the second time Thai Smile has introduced a service to Luang Prabang, after a service launched in 2012 was aborted due to traffic right issues just weeks into a summer timetable.
Commenting on the flight additions, he said: “Thai Airways and THAI Smile Airways have expanded their business growth to develop more international links… we are committed to adding more options for our customers and are confident that our good reputation for excellent service will enable both airlines to become market leaders.”
It will be much easier for the two airlines to cooperate after Thai Smile migrated to the “Amadeus Altéa Suite” system. In the past the systems of each airline did not talk to each other and this caused booking glitches. The introduction of the Amadeus system at Thai Smile resolves past issues.
Bangkok-Kaohsiung flights are daily and Bangkok-Luang Prabang flights four weekly, both routes using A320s
On the Bangkok-Kaohsiung route Thai Smile offers a fare of THB4,680 one-way, with the booking window open until 31 October and travel valid from 1 October to 31 December 2017.
The fare for the Luang Prabang flights, departing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, is tagged at THB2,600 one-way for bookings made until 24 March 2018.
However, the best roundtrip fare logged on fare comparsion site, Skyscanner, is THB8,152 flagged as a Thai Airways service operated by Thai Smile (WE576).
The lowest fare on the route Bangkok-Luang Prabang return is on Thai AirAsia at THB6,722 return.