TAT launches new campaign to lure international airlines into flying to smaller cities


As many as 30 airlines have signed up for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) four-day “Air-mazing Thailand” campaign to explore the potential of selected airports and untapped markets in the country.

The campaign, which runs from April 2 to 5, will complement the government’s policy of promoting tourism in second-tier provinces and making Thailand a global tourism hub, Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol said.

She said she hoped international airlines would see the true potential of Thailand’s airports in the post-pandemic era and consider opening more routes to Thailand covering both first- and second-tier provinces.

“The big three airports [Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and Phuket] are packed with passengers and flights, so we aim to divide international arrivals,” she said. “This should bring tourism revenue to other provinces as well as reduce congestion at airports in big cities.”

Sudawan added that the ministry initially hoped that at least 15 airlines would join the programme, but was surprised to find 30 operators had signed up.

Under the campaign, the TAT will take airline representatives on two trips to check out the airports. The first will cover Chiang Mai and U-Tapao international airports, while the second will focus on Krabi, Surat Thani and Samui.

Thailand has 39 airports, of which 10 are international, namely Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai, Krabi, Phuket, U-Tapao, Hat Yai, Surat Thani, and Samui.