Thai Smile Airways has announced that it fly direct flights between Bangkok and Ahmedabad in India. The inaugural flight will take off from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad and arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on October 29. The airline will fly to Ahmedabad four times in a week.
The airline, which is currently struggling to compete with other low-cost carriers in Southeast Asia, is expecting to do well in the Indian market. The flight between Bangkok and Ahmedabad will offer two classes- premium and economy. Both the classes will offer full catering onboard, advance-booking services and maximum free luggage allowance of 40 kilograms.
To promote its new flight route to India, Thai Smile Airways is offering round-trip tickets at a discounted price of INR11, 700.
With regard to the new flight route to India, Thai Smile Airways chief executive officer, Charita Leelayudth told the media that, “We have enjoyed growth in both inbound and outbound passenger numbers which have led to the increasing cabin factor on every route. In some periods this year, the cabin factor rose to more than 85 percent. Overall, Thai Smile has seen a growth of around 20 percent on its Indian routes.”
She added, “Ahmedabad is an important destination in our strategy to reach more cities on the Indian subcontinent. We are confident that with our reputation of providing impressive experiences and services, Thai Smile will become a leader in the Indian market in the near future.”
Currently, Thai Smile Airways flies to six other Indian cities-Gaya, Varanasi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
Last week the airline announced that it has postponed its plan to purchase 38 new aircraft to expand its fleet.