BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Two Thai airlines finding common ground to cooperate and codeshare spells good news for travel consumers.
Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways announced a comprehensive codeshare agreement, just days before the mid-April Songkran Festival. It’s good news that will make it considerably more convenient to fly the national airline and connect with Bangkok Airways to 10 destinations in is domestic network.
THAI already taps the domestic network of its fully owned subsidiary Thai Smile, but it lacks cover to some destinations such as Samui island and in other instances the connecting times are not that friendly.
Under the new arrangement with Bangkok Airways international travellers have a wider choice of flights and domestic destinations. They will also be able to connect to PG’s international services to Luang Prabang, Danang in Vietnam, Siem Reap in Cambodia and the Maldives cutting transit times at Suvarnabhumi to a minimum.
The other side of the codeshare allows Bangkok Airways to ticket passengers through to Singapore combining its domestic flights with THAI flights to the popular gateway destination out of Suvarnabhumi airport.
This is definitely a plus for Thai travellers who want to fly Bangkok Airways, check through and connect seamlessly with a flight to Singapore with minimal fuss. It fills a gap for Bangkok Airways giving them access to Singapore on two routes ex Bangkok and the well established ex-Samui (PG flight).
Through-travel to Asia’s top aviation gateway Chang Airport just got a little more convenient from a variety of cities in Thailand through this codeshare agreement. What we need now is more direct flights from Changi Airport to all the major Thai tourist destinations that have airports. That way the travel industries of popular and emerging destinations would be able to tap lucrative international tourist traffic from the region’s top gateways — Bangkok’s SWB and DMK airports and Changi Airport served by a broader mix of airlines and global services. Airlines based in other regional aviation gateways, such as Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, should be provided with financial incentives to pioneer direct flights.