Skip to content

Bangkok Airways flies to and from Mumbai

March 22, 2011

With sizable India-Thailand traffic — nearly 800,000 Indian tourists in 2010 and growing at 15-20 percent — it makes good sense for boutique airline Bangkok Airways to start picking up customers directly from Indian cities.

A new service between Mumbai and Bangkok took off this month, with a frequency of six flights a week.

It’s an Airbus 319 with 12 seats in business class and 106 seats in economy which departs from Mumbai at 1.50 a.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 5 a.m..

A return economy class ticket starts at Rs 12,500 and a business return is Rs 25,000 and upwards.

“Demands are there,” says Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osot. “We expect to carry an average load factor of 60 percent.”

Now check baggage all the way through to your favorite holiday islands like Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Chang and the Maldives without having to switch carriers at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Bangkok Airways is also planning to connect two more cities, Delhi and Kolkata from its winter schedule in October this year. As per the route expansion plans in India either Chennai or Bengaluru will also be added by the summer schedule next year.

“Expansion to these cities is subject to government approvals. We have already begun the process for obtaining the same,” stated Varong Israsena, Director, Global Sales, Bangkok Airways, at a function held yesterday in Mumbai to announce the launch of the Indian operations and introduce the team to the travel trade. He also informed that they are studying the Lucknow market and are keen to start flights to the city to cater to tap leisure traffic from Lucknow and cater to travellers in Thailand interested in the Buddhist circuit in India. According to Israsena, the inaugural flight from Mumbai to Bangkok experienced 95 per cent load factor and he is expecting an average of 75 per cent load factor on the Indian route. “Indian traffic right now is just tip of the iceberg and there is enough room for everyone to grow,” was Israsena’s take on competition.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: