[HD videos below] Thai Lion Air has launched its
first two international services, reinforcing Bangkokís position
as a leading international air hub.
The Thai-designated carrier
now operates a twice-daily non-stop service from it base at
Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport to Jakarta, and a daily
service to Kuala Lumpur.
Having the Thai Lion Air service to
Jakarta means Bangkok is now effectively connected to many
destinations in Indonesia with a one-stop service via Jakarta.
This is because Thai Lion Airís sister carriers in Indonesia, Lion
Air and Wings Air, are based in Jakarta and serve 76 destinations
in Indonesia, more than any other airline group.
Thailand are the two biggest economies in ASEAN and passenger
traffic between the two countries is increasing, thanks to more
leisure and business traffic.
Jakarta, Indonesia. Click to Enlarge.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand
says there were 448,748 Indonesian tourists who visited Thailand
last year, a 21% increase on the previous year. It also says
57,032 Thai tourists visited Indonesia in 2012, a 3% increase
The market for air travel between Malaysia and
Thailand is also growing, creating further opportunities for Thai
National airports operator Malaysia Airports says 1.47
million people travelled last year between Bangkok and Kuala
Lumpur International Airport, an 8% increase year-on-year.
Lion Air recently signed an interline agreement with Malindo Air,
a Malaysian carrier in which the Lion Group owns 49%. Flying to
Kuala Lumpur means Thai Lion Air can link up with Malindoís
domestic and international network.
Thai Lion Air operates two
Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, both of which seat 215 passengers in an
all-economy class configuration [see video below]. The airline will
also be receiving
two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s in February.
The carrier plans to increase its Bangkok-Chiang Mai
service to four-times-daily from double-daily starting in
February. It also plans to launch a daily non-stop service in
February from Bangkok to Singapore, as well as launch new domestic
services such as Bangkok-Hat Yai and Chiang Mai-Krabi.
ďWe think Krabi and Chiang Mai are quite
conducive Ė in the colder months people from Chiang Mai can travel
down south for holidays in Krabi to enjoy the relatively warm
weather there, and in the hotter months people from Krabi can
travel north to Chiang Mai and enjoy the mountains and relatively
cooler weather in Chiang Mai,Ē said Thai Lion Air CEO, Darsito