Air India boosts Bangkok services

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BANGKOK, 12 October 2018: Air India will introduce two new routes to Bangkok, mid October, from Bengaluru and Kolkata.

With its future uncertain back home, Air India has opted to expand its Thailand services counting on the popularity of Bangkok with Indian tourists, who flock to Thailand for shopping and beach holidays, to make the routes profitable.

The launch of the two new services, 16 and 17 October, is just a few weeks before Bangkok’s peak season begins in earnest in November.

While the flight from Bengaluru will bring in more tourists to Bangkok, the city (formerly known as Bangalore) is a tech hub that draws business travel bookings.

On the route from Kolkata, two-way tourism during the winter timetable will whisk Indian travellers to Bangkok, while catering to Thai travellers who use Kokata as a gateway for Buddhist pilgrimage trips to Gaya.

India’s national airline will assign an Airbus A321 aircraft to serve the Kolkata-Bangkok route effective 16 October.

According to Airlineroute’s timetable updates the three -weekly service will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Flights will depart Kolkata at 1550 and return at 0545.

Due to launch 17 October, the airline will offer four weekly services on the Bengaluru-Bangkok route departing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight will depart Bengaluru at 1410 and return at 0550.

Air India has for decades served Thailand with daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai. Currently it flies those two routes using a Boeing Dreamliner 787.

It will use the same aircraft to launch a service from Bengaluru to London 17 November.

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