Bangkok Airways has said that its priority this
year is to increase frequency on existing routes, while expanding
its network through codeshare opportunities.
Last year the airline added three
destinations in South Asia - Mumbai, Bangalore and Dhaka. This
year, it will start a Samui-Kuala Lumpur route and a nonstop
Bangkok-Lampang service. It is also looking to increase flights on
trunk routes and work on codeshares with new partners to feed
traffic to its domestic network.
Bangkok Airways president, Puttipong
Prasarttong-Osoth said, “We are very active this year. Our
priority is to add frequency on many of our domestic and
international routes that show high demand. We are working
with more airlines to codeshare and strengthen Bangkok Airways’
network. However, we will have to adapt our strategies to the
global economic situation and fuel prices.”
reported recently a Bt1.22 billion profit, soaring 56.7% from
Bt778 million in 2010. The carrier carried 3,089,088 passengers, a
16.5% increase over 2,651,323 in 2010. For 2012, it expects to see
Bt1.6 billion baht profit (33% increase) with 3.6 million
passengers (16% increase).
“Thailand’s tourism this year seems
promising as long as the political scene is stable. We can get
back on our feet fairly quickly after a crisis and Thailand is a
destination that remains popular. We are confident we can grow
business in 2012,” Mr Puttipong added.
From 25 March, Bangkok
Airways will add an extra flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and
Phuket increasing to six and seven daily flights. Also on the same
day, it will commence 12 weekly direct-flights between Bangkok and Lampang.
From 31 March, it will commence a regional daily
service from Samui to Kuala Lumper which the airline expects about
60% load factor. It will also increase the Samui-Hong Kong service
from daily to 10 flights a week.
On codeshares, the carrier is
working closely with Malaysian Airlines and hopes to launch
codeshare flights for the summer schedule.
In January, the
carrier launched codeshare flights with Finnair. Other codeshare
partners include Thai Airways International, Etihad Airways, KLM,
Air France, EVA Air, Air Berlin and Silk Air.
to South Asia that were introduced last year, Mr Puttipong said
passenger uplift to and from Mumbai, Bangalore and Dhaka had
improved steadily. “We are looking at Delhi once we gain
traffic rights from the authorities. This could happen in time for the winter schedule 2013 when new planes join the fleet,”
year PG will receive one A319 in March and two A320s – one in
October and another in December.
Currently, Bangkok Airways
serves seven domestic routes: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai,
Pattaya (U-Tapao), Trat, Phuket, Samui and Krabi and eleven
international routes: Hong Kong, Singapore, Luang Prabang, Phanom
Penh, Siem Reap, Yangon, Maldives, Dhaka, Mumbai, Bengaluru And
Kuala Lumpur. The fleet consists of 18 aircrafts (8 ATRs, 3 Airbus
A320s and 7 Airbus A319s).
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