“The five new routes will begin in September with flights between Don Muang Airport and Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Krabi and Phuket, as well as between Haad Yai and Udon Thani,” said Numpon Rungsawang, Sales and Marketing Manager of Thai Lion Air.
“We have two hubs, one in Bangkok and the other in Haad Yai,” he added.
Daily flights between Phuket and Bangkok will begin on September 15, with one flight a day, taking off from Bangkok at 5:45pm, arriving in Phuket at 7:10pm, with the return flight taking off at 8pm and landing in Bangkok at 9:25pm.
Thai Lion Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air of Indonesia, had a faltering start as political unrest deterred flights to and from Thailand, but now, said Mr Numpon, “The low cost airlines businesses is growing rapidly and it is the time for Thai Lion Air to introduce its products and service while expanding the network in Thailand.
“In the future, we expect to increase frequency on the Phuket-Bangkok route to five flights a day,” he added.
During the introductory period, until October 31, the airline is offering a fare of B515 from Phuket to Bangkok, including a 15kg baggage allowance. The return flight is priced at B665.
“The ticket price is normally about B1,000,” Mr Numpon said.
The route will be served using two new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, from a total of 780 new aircraft the parent airline recently committed to buy.
“This aircraft is the latest model offered by Boeing and comes equipped with the latest cockpit and cabin innovations including adjustable sky interior, spacious legroom and upgraded avionics,” Mr Numpon explained.
Bookings may be made online at lionairthai.com, by calling 02 529 9999 or through local travel agents.