By The Nation
Thai AirAsia Co Ltd’s chief executive officer, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the company plans to launch two new routes. The first is Bangkok to Varanasi in India that will have four flights per week, beginning on November 25. The next is Chiang Rai to Hangzhou, China, with four flights per week, beginning on December 1.
“We are opening the new route to Varanasi, as we see strong demand in this market from both Thais and Indians, especially after the Thai government extended the visa on arrival scheme for 19 countries, including India, till April 30, 2020,” he said.
He added that the Chiang Rai-Hangzhou route would woo Chinese tourists interested in visiting Chiang Rai, which is among the major destinations for Chinese tourists.
Meanwhile NokScoot Co Ltd’s chief executive officer, Yodchai Sudhidhanakul, said the company plans to fly a new route from Bangkok to Sapporo, Japan, with four flights per week that will operate from October 27. The airline also plans to increase flights from Bangkok to Tokyo -- from seven flights per week to 11 flights per week -- starting from the fourth quarter of this year.
“The number of Thai and Japanese passengers have continued to rise on both routes,” Yodchai said.
Thai Lion Mentari Co Ltd, which flies Thai Lion Air, plans to open two new routes -- Bangkok-Manila and Bangkok-Siem Reap -- with seven flights per week to both destinations, chief executive officer Atsawin Yangkiratiwon said. They will start flying in the fourth quarter of this year.