Kingfisher flies to Thailand

Kingfisher flies to Thailand

Kingfisher debuts Bangkok service in February.

Kingfisher Airlines, the second largest private airline in India plans to commence daily services between Bangalore and Bangkok on February 2009. Then, it will add Bangkok-Mumbai route.

The airline will offer daily services between Bangkok and Bangalore using its brand new Airbus A-321. Daily services on Mumbai - Bangkok - Mumbai will soon follow.

Currently, there is no direct service between Bangkok and Bangalore. Nok Air used to fly the route but suspended after just a couple of months.

To reach Bangalore, now, passengers have to go via Indian gateways - Delhi and Mumbai.

Success Aviation has been appointed general sales agency for the airline.

Founded in 2004, Kingfisher Airlines is a private airline second in size after Jet Airways. It is operates to 60 domestic destinations, including those operated by its low cost subsidiary, Kingfisher Red. The only international route now is Bangalore-London.

In January, it will add Colombo, Singapore and Hong Kong and Bangkok in February.

Another private Indian carrier, Indigo Airlines has also shown interest in the Thai market. It named Nancy World Aviation as its GSA, but has not firmed up plans or a timeframe on the proposed Bangkok route.

Nancy World Aviation chairman, Pavin Sachaphimuk, said that the company was currently selling Kolkata-Jaipur route because Indigo offers seamless connection when passengers travel to Kolkata by Jet Airways.

Mr Pavin also added that in the future, he would approach tour companies selling trips on Golden Triangle route - Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Normally, they use Delhi as gateway and travel in circle by bus.

He hopes to convince travel agents to start their tours in Delhi. It would require a transfer by bus to Agra and Jaipur returning to Bangkok by air from Jaipur via Kolkata.

Indigo Airline is a low cost private airline, currently serving solely 17 domestic routes with 20 new Airbus A320. 80 more-50 A320s and 30 A321s are in order, due to receive all by 2016. The first flight was kicked off in August 2006.