Thai Smile exits Don Mueang

BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: Thai Smile will move all of its operations to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport ending its presence at Don Mueang, midnight 15 January, where it competed with low-cost airlines.

Passengers are reminded that all flights will operate out of Suvarnabhumi Airport as of 16 January.

The decision to move out of Don Mueang impacts on three routes to Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Phuket.

inside no 9The airline offered four daily flights to Chiang Mai, three daily to Khon Kaen and three daily to Phuket.

Frequencies to all destinations will remain unchanged.

It is understood that maintaining two hubs in Bangkok proved too costly, while the airline was losing traffic to low-cost competitors; Thai Lion Air, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air.

Consolidating all services to its hub at Suvarnabhumi ends duplication of office space, staff and equipment. It also allows the airline to provide a comprehensive network to support its parent airline, Thai Airways International.

Thai Smile stopped selling tickets at Don Mueang Airport last month.

Airline officials had earlier commented that the airline’s strategy was undergoing change from competing head-on with budget airlines to offering a network to feed traffic to the parent airline.