Bangkok Airways to launch Krabi, Mandalay services

Bangkok Airways has firmed up a plan to launch two new routes and increase flight frequencies on existing sectors.

A Bangkok-Krabi service, twice daily, will commence on March 31, while a Bangkok-Mandalay service, four times a week, is due for take-off on Sept 15, the privately owned carrier said yesterday.

Its Bangkok-Trat sector, served by ATR-72 turboprops, will be ramped up to three daily flights from two, while the Bangkok-Male (Maldives) service will step up to five weekly flights from four. Both changes start on March 31.

Meanwhile, the airline will replace the ATR-72 with the larger A319 jet on the last of its four daily flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, meaning all flights to Cambodia's capital will be served by the A319.

The frequency of its service between Koh Samui and Phuket, now five daily, will also be increased, though details are not yet available.

Bangkok Airways recently launched a direct jet service between Bangkok and Vientiane and an additional flight between Hong Kong and Koh Samui.

Flights to Koh Samui, Siem Reap and Luang Prabang will be seasonally adjusted at the end of March, the end of the six-month winter flight timetable.

All recently introduced flights and services to other destinations will be maintained over the summer period.

The airline expects to take delivery of three new jetliners _ two A320s and one A319 _ in the third or fourth quarter.

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