BANGKOK, 26 January 2017: Thai Lion Air will strengthen its domestic network in Thailand with new flights to Trang and Surat Thani starting 10 February.
The Trang service is from the airline’s base in Bangkok and the Surat Thani route will originate in Chiang Mai.
According to the airline’s website, the Bangkok-Trang service will operate with two daily flights connecting the capital city with the southern province that lies on the Andaman coast facing the Straits of Malacca. well south of Krabi and Lanta , two popular beach destinations.
The new flight will compete head-on with low-cost airlines, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia, that operate three daily flights each on the same route.
Meanwhile, the Chiang Mai-Surat Thani route will launch with a daily flight. This route will also compete with Thai AirAsia that operates a daily service to the same destination. Surat Thani is the nearest mainland town to Samui that has an airport. Car ferries link the popular island destination with the mainland. The flight takes slightly more than two hours, but passengers then face a bus trip to the ferry port and the ferry crossing adding around three hours to the journey.
Fares include charges, a free baggage allowance of 15 kg, a sports equipment allowance of 15 kg and seat selection.
Bookings are open now for both services.
In comparison, Nok Air sells an inclusive one-way fare from Bangkok to Trang at THB1,018 while Thai AirAsia starts at THB1,183.
Thai AirAsia also offers an inclusive one-way fare on Chiang Mai-Surat Thani route starting at THB2,310.