Bangkok Airways’ first flight from Chiang Mai received a warm welcome at Hanoi Airport on 25 March. Joining the celebrations (beginning second from left) were Poonsuk Teerawanichphol, VP, Management Accounting, Bangkok Airways; Chanthip Thongkanya, VP, Office of President, Bangkok Airways; Napasorn KaKai, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City Office; Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, VP, Sales, Bangkok Airways; Nguyen The Vinh, Deputy Director, Operation Center, Hanoi Airport; Peter Wiesner, Advisor, Network Management, Bangkok Airways; Nguyen Dinh Duc, Deputy Director, Aviation Security Center, Hanoi Airport; and Nguyen Tien Duc, Deputy Manager, Business Department, Hanoi Airport.
- Bangkok Airways inaugurated a new connection between Chiang Mai (CNX) and Hanoi (HAN) on 25 March. The Thai carrier will operate the 764-kilometre sector daily using its ATR 72-500s or -600s. There is currently no direct competition on this route. Outbound flights depart Chiang Mai at 09:55, arriving in Hanoi at 12:00. The inbound flight departs Hanoi at 12:45, arriving back in Chiang Mai at 14:50. Hanoi becomes Bangkok Airways’ third destination in Vietnam adding to its services from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Da Nang and Phu Quoc.