Thai Smile launches new Phuket routes
PHUKET: Thai Smile Air, the new regional sub-brand of Thai Airways International (THAI), will launch daily direct flight services from Phuket to Bangkok and Chiang Mai starting next month.
Prasert Tanhansa, manager of the THAI district sales office in Phuket Town, announced the new flights yesterday.
“We are going to start one daily round-trip from Phuket-Chiang Mai-Phuket and Phuket-Bangkok-Phuket on October 1,” said Mr Prasert.
The carriers main hub is Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Eleven brand-new, 168-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft would serve the carrier’s existing and new destinations, he said.
Passenger on the “light-premium” carrier will have a choice of “Smile Plus” business class service or “Smile” economy class.
Special privilege for business class passengers include free seat selection, 25% extra mileage collection in THAI’s Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier program, 30kg baggage allowance, free light meal and beverages on board and access to airport lounges.
Passengers in economy will have a 20kg baggage allowance and a free in-flight snack.
He said the carrier’s target market would be younger fliers who are more budget conscious and who do not require the same level of service offered on THAI flights.
One-way economy fares (including taxes) from Phuket to Chiang Mai will be about 4,690 baht, while fares to Bangkok will be about 2,695 baht.
“Thai Smile will soon come up with some very special promotional fares for both destinations,” said Mr Prasert.
— Orawin Narabal
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