Boutique airline, Bangkok Airways, has launched services to Bengalaru which will now become its second Indian destination. The inaugural flight took off on 26 September 2011. The airline began services to India earlier this year with Mumbai being its first destination.
Services to Mumbai were inaugurated on 2 March 2011.
Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president Bangkok Airways, said, ''This is another leap for Bangkok Airways in the Indian market. Our Mumbai - Bangkok service has been well-received and is a great indication of our success and the enormous potential among the Indian travellers. We are very pleased with the average cabin factor for Mumbai - Bangkok and vice versa which has been around 70% per flight. We expect to see a similar figure for Bengaluru.''
Speaking on the occasion Sethaphan Buddhani, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) - Mumbai office, said, ''For us at TAT Mumbai office, Bengaluru is a key hub in the south Indian outbound market and with Bangkok Airways' foray into Bengaluru, the flight connectivity to Thailand has been further enhanced. With direct flight connectivity increasing, I believe more Indians will now travel to Thailand from Bengaluru and the surrounding areas. This would help us achieve our target of welcoming 885,000 tourists or more to Thailand from India by end of this year''.
Bangkok Airways recently won Asia's Leading Regional Airline 2011 title from World Travel Awards, voted for by travellers around the world. Bangkok Airways also won the third place of Best Regional Airline Asia Awards 2011 from Skytrax.
Bangkok Airways will be operate five weekly services from Bengaluru to Bangkok with A319 aircraft, serving 138 economy class passengers. A319 services with business class will start in November. There will be no services on Monday and Friday.