Bangkok Airways Making Plans For The Next 2 Years

Thailand’s airlines are trying to revive the local Thai market by doing more sales promotions, and encouraging the industry to invest in creating new aviation hubs.
The president of Bangkok Airways, Puttipong Prasartong-Osoth, believes his airline needs to do more promotions and value-for-money prices in order to increase domestic demand.
Puttipoing does expect prices to remain at this rate forever as they are 10 percent higher than discount carriers. They are usually 15 to 20 percent higher.
As a full-service, non-discount airline, he will not be able to provide offers that have no limits. Instead, he is planning on promoting a group of tickets with one purchase.
Puttipong says his airline wants to get a 4 billion baht loan from local financial institutions so they can remain afloat until they get more aid money from the government.
His airline operates to seven destinations during the pandemic in 2021: Trat, Sukhothai, Koh Samui, Phuket, Lampang, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.
As borders open in Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, Bangkok Airways will resume flights to these countries.
Two planes will be taken off lease in the next two years. In 2022, the leases for six airplanes will expire.
With a reduced fleet, this airline should be able to meet moderate demand regardless.
Bangkok Airways is part of the BBS consortium building the new airport in U-Tapao. Puttipong believes the timeline will remain the same and that his airline with other members of the BBS will their master plan mid-year.
Construction of the first terminal is expected to begin on schedule during the first quarter of 2022.

Thomas Clark has lived in Thailand for the last 10 years. He is currently a teacher in Yasothon, Thailand. He has a BFA in English from Emerson College. He can be reached on Facebook at tomtardis@yahoo.com. He can be emailed at tomtardis@yahoo.com, tomtardis3@gmail.com, or tomtardis4@gmail.com.


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