Thailand-based Bangkok Airways is going to roll out Mandalay and Krabi routes in 2013 aiming to strengthen its regional network ahead of ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
The Bangkok-Mandalay service is due to take off on 16 September 2013, and the Bangkok-Krabi flight will start on March 31, the privately-owned regional airline said recently.
Bangkok Airways will operate four weekly flights betweenBangkok and Mandalay, Myanmar, and two daily flights between Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand.
Tickets to both destinations are already open for booking.
Services will also be ramped up to three daily flights from two for the Bangkok-Trat route, served by ATR-72 turboprops, while the Bangkok-Male (Maldives) service will step up to five weekly flights from four. Both changes start on March 31.
Moreover, all flights serving Bangkok-Phnom Penh will now be operated by Airbus A319 and additional frequencies will be added to flights between Koh Samui and Phuket during summer.
The airline also recently launched Bangkok-Vientiane daily flights as well as an additional service between Hong Kong and Koh Samui.
Flights to Koh Samui, Siem Reap and Luang Prabang will be seasonally adjusted at the end of March, the end of the six-month winter flight timetable. All recently introduced flights and services to other destinations will be maintained over the summer period.
The airline expects to take delivery of three new jetliners – two A320s and one A319 – in the third or fourth quarter.
Based in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Singapore.
The airline operates 21 aircraft: Airbus A319-100s, Airbus A320-200s and ATR-72-500.