BANGKOK, 2 May 2017: Airports of Thailand reports six airlines have started new services to Thailand from November last year to April this year.
AoT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, said that the company has succeeded in attracting six international airlines to launch flights to Thailand since last November.
AoT offers marketing support and financial incentives to support flight launches particularly to secondary airports that need to extend network cover to regional destinations.
HK Express launched two weekly flights on the Hong Kong-Chiang Rai route, 25 November last year.
Flydubai inaugurated two weekly flights on the Dubai-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport) route, 29 November last year.
Peach Aviation made its maiden flight on the Okinawa-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport) route 20 February, this year, offering daily flights.
Beijing Capital Airlines launched Haikou-Chiang Mai and Haikou-Chiang Rai routes on 27 and 31 March respectively with one weekly flight each.
Hebei Airlines introduced a Shijiazhuang-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport) route 27 March with three weekly flights.
Kunming Airlines launched its first international flight from Kunming to Hat Yai, 1 April, with three weekly flights.
AoT has established a business development plan to boost both domestic and international airline services, which is one of seven main strategies that the company aims to adopt to strengthen the flight networks of its six airports — Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai, the president said.
“The plan focuses on attracting airlines to launch new routes to AoT’s airports to boost the flow of travel and cargo between capitals and secondary destinations to more offer more travel choices for passengers.”
AoT studies the markets, trends in aviation and passenger demand to gather information to support airlines to plan new routes under its programme, Air Service Development, by presenting potential flight path studies to airlines as well as marketing through business talks during Global Aviation Roadshows like Routes Asia and World Routes.
Airlines in Asia particularly China and India are the main target, he said.