Nok signs MoU with Henan province

BANGKOK, 28 March 2017: Nok Air and Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Company (HNCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate to develop airline services and tourism between Henan and Thailand.

The MOU signed by Nok Air’s chief executive officer Patee Sarasin and HNCA’s chairman, Zhang Mingchao, will pave the way for Nok Air and Henan province to work together in areas related to tourism, culture, aviation and trade.

Nok Air’s CEO Patee Sarasin said: “This MOU marks a new milestone… (and) aims to provide travellers from both countries with more positive options to choose from.”

He gave not details of the joint projects that would benefit travellers, or whether Nok Air would start flights to Henan.

HNCA is an organisation with extensive business in the civil aviation industry in Henan, including the  construction of the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone (ZAEZ), that focuses on market development opportunities, such as air cargo and general aviation.

Last November, Thailand and Henan province agreed to start the process of setting up an overseas office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Henan’s provincial capital, Zhengzhou to boost tourism.

The decision followed a series of talks on how to develop tourism cooperation.

With its renowned Shaolin Temple, Henan is famous for its Kungfu tradition. It is also home to several ancient dynasties, including Kaifeng, Luoyang and Anyang, as well as many natural tourist attractions.

Tourism Authority of Thailand is currently planning to establish an overseas office in Zhengzhou, which would be its sixth office in Mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Kunming.

Last year, Henan also signed a similar MoU with Changi Airport Group to develop air connectivity between Singapore and Henan’s cities, primarily to the capital of Zhengzhou.

At the time the joint press release said both parties would work towards establishing direct flights between Singapore and Henan to support airlines and support two-way tourism.