Bangkok Airways is moving to capture more of the Hong Kong travel market by ramping up flights between Koh Samui and Hong Kong and planning a new Bangkok-Hong Kong route.
The privately owned carrier will boost Koh Samui-Hong Kong flights from 10 a week now to 14, starting Dec 1.
Bangkok Airways also plans to offer a direct link between the former crown colony and Suvarnabhumi airport some time next year, according to vice-president ML Nandhika Varavarn.
The airline operates international flights from the resort island in the Gulf of Thailand to three cities: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.
From its Suvarnabhumi base, Bangkok Airways serves seven cities in the region, including Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Yangon. It will add the Laotian capital of Vientiane on Nov 30.
Koh Samui-Hong Kong has become a promising route for Bangkok Airways, which introduced the service in 2005.
The latest adjustment means that Bangkok Airways will offer double daily flights between Koh Samui and Hong Kong, rather than different numbers on different days now.
"Bangkok Airways is very excited about adding more flights to Koh Samui for the Hong Kong market, because we know how popular a destination it is for Hong Kong people who just want to relax and enjoy themselves," said ML Nandhika.
She said the additional flights would offer greater flexibility for Hong Kong residents to get away and enjoy some of Koh Samui's famed attractions.
The airline will continue to deploy A319 jets on its expanded Koh Samui-Hong Kong service.
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