On 29 March Bangkok Airways began twice-daily flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Rai. The route is already served by Thai Airways with thrice-daily flights. Posing for a commemorative shot are Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President, M.L. Nandhika Varavarn Varavarn, Vice President – Corporate Communications, and Mr. Damrong Klongakara, General Manager of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport.
- Bangkok Airways has made Chiang Rai (CEI), the northernmost large city in Thailand, the latest destination to be served from the airline’s base at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). On 28 March the airline launched twice-daily flights on the 670-kilometre route using its 162-seat A320s. Competition will be provided by Thai Airways’ thrice-daily service. Mr Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways’ President said, “We see Chiang Rai as another potential, yet competitive market in Thailand. The city has emerged as a popular northern Thailand alternative tourist base to larger Chiang Mai. Chiang Rai is a strategic gateway to neighbouring countries such as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as well as the southernmost part of China. As Bangkok Airways is focusing on leisure destinations, we therefore see high demand from international connecting passengers to this part of South East Asia. We look to cement our position in the increasingly competitive Thai market. We are confident that with our strong reputation of offering a boutique flying experience for our passengers, Bangkok Airways will become a leading player in this market.”