Jetstar Asia is to add a third daily flight from Singapore to Bangkok later this year, at a time when Thailand’s air traffic has taken a pummelling.
The low-cost carrier’s new A320 service is scheduled to start on October 1. The airline is currently advertising a limited number of seats priced at S$45 (US$29.60) inclusive of tax and surcharges, subject to terms and conditions, until April 11.
Jetstar Asia chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian said that the increased frequency would benefit business travellers not just leisure visitors.
The new schedule will see departures from Singapore at 0715, 1110 and 1910, and departures from Bangkok at 0915, 1305 and 2115.
The flight time is around two hours and 20 minutes and Bangkok is one hour behind Singapore.
The new service will be a boost to Bangkok’s business as Indian carrier Kingfisher has announced that it is delaying its debut flight from Bangalore to Bangkok.
Although Kingfisher is said to be keen to launch regular Indian services to Thailand, these are likely to be delayed until the last quarter of the year. The route is also likely to change to a Mumbai-Bangkok service with a further service from Kolkata being considered.
Figures released by Thailand’s aviation authorities for February show an overall drop of 20.6 percent in traffic at Thailand’s six major airports. International arrivals at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, were down by 21.5 percent year on year.
The figures are thought to reflect not only the general drop in air travel caused by the economic downturn but also concerns of political instability linked to the closure of Thailand’s main airports by anti-government protesters late last year.