Thai Lion links north to east coast

BANGKOK, 21 March 2018: Thai Lion Air confirmed this week it will launch a new domestic service, 25 March, linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand to U-tapao, the nearest airport to Pattaya on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand.

The airline said it would use a Boeing 737-900 on the route offering six flights weekly with no service on Saturday.

Thai Lion is developing a hub in U-tapao airport, to draw more travellers to visit a coastal area famed for its tourist destinations such as Pattaya, 30 km north of the airport and Samet Island, around 60 km to the east.

According to timetable information from Airlineroute, SL980 will depart U-tapao at 0725 and arrive in Chiang Mai at 0855. The return flight, SL981 will depart Chiang Mai at 1135 and arrive in U-tapao at 1305.

Asked to clarify its expansion plans a source at Thai Lion Air told TTR Weekly it would add services this May to destinations in South Asia.

By 16 May, Thai Lion Air will increase services from three to daily on the route to Mumbai in India and introduce a new service to Kathmandu in Nepal.

Timetables were filed with global distribution systems for both flights last week.

From its base in Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport the airline will offer three weekly services to Kathmandu using a 737-800.

Flights will depart Don Mueang airport at 1105 and arrive in Kathmandu at 1300 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Mumbai service increase from three to daily with a departure from Don Mueang airport at 0225 arriving in Mumbai at 0540

The Mumbai service was launched in September 2017 with three flights weekly. Thai Lion sources said customer response was positive prompting the airline to go daily to capitalise on business travel demand.

(Timetable information: Airlineroute)