Monday, November 12, 2018

India's flying rights plan may suit Thai Air

New Delhi: India’s decision not to allow new flights by airlines operating from Dubai, Qatar and Singapore will give a boost to Indian carriers as well as airlines operating from other countries in the same region such as Thailand, a Thai Airways executive has said.
The airline is planning to attract more Indian passengers to fly to various international destinations through Bangkok by offering extra packages, said Thamanoon Kuprasert, general manager, India for Thai Airways. “The Thailand government has announced the development of alternate cities for travellers,” Kuprasert told ET.
“We are working with the tourism board to offer extra packages to our passengers flying beyond Bangkok.” Thai Airways hopes to attract people travelling from India to countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia. As of date, 35% of Indian passengers taking Thai Airways flights fly beyond Bangkok, which is less compared to West Asian carriers that carry 80% of their Indian travellers through their hubs. The Indian government, recently declined new flight rights to Dubai, Qatar and Singapore despite them becoming eligible for it, due to opposition from Indian carriers.
12/11/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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