Thai Smile Phuket flights begin Oct 1
Thai Smile, the new “light” airline launched by Thai Airways International, will begin direct flights from Phuket to Bangkok and Chiang Mai on October 1, it was announced yesterday.
Special discounts will apply for the Phuket-Chiang Mai services for the first two months.
At a “launch” presided over by Vice-Governor Dr Sommai Preechasilpa and Thai Smile managing director Woranet Laprabang explained that there will be one flight daily from Phuket to the two destinations, with return flights the following day.
Mr Woranet said, “Thai Smile is modern, fresh, colorful, cheap and provides good facilities to meet demand for short-haul flights.”
The new airline already has flights between Bangkok and Krabi, Macau and Surat Thani. Mr Woranate added, “We are looking at more routes – Phuket-Singapore is a possibility.”
The new airlines uses Airbus A320-200 aircraft configured with 16 Smile Plus (business class) seats and 156 Smile (economy) seats.
The timetables for the new Phuket services are:
Phuket-Chiang Mai, depart 11:05, arrive 13:00 (TG722 ); Chiang Mai-Phuket, depart 08:40, arrive 10:35 (TG721).
Phuket-Bangkok, depart 17:25 pm, arrive 18:50 (TG726 ); Bangkok-Phuket, depart 15:30, arrive 16:50 ( TG725).
On the Chiang Mai route the fares range from B3,215 to B4,260 one way (depending on ticket conditions) while the Bangkok route costs B2,695 one way.
The fares include taxes, a 20-kilo baggage allowance and a snack en-route.
The airline’s main competitor on the Phuket-Bangkok route, Air Asia, has “dynamic” pricing but a check made by The Phuket News today (September 21) for a one-way flight on October 1 returned a best price of B1,920 including taxes and the fee for 20 kilos of luggage.
For more information on Thai Smile, call 076-360-444 or visit thaismileair.com