Bangkok Airways to resume cancelled routes

Bangkok Airways has announced that it will recommence some services after the closure of routes in recent months due to the global economic crisis.

The privately owned carrier has said that it would ramp up the number of services on its Bangkok to Rangoon service to 11 times per week by the end of the month from seven, and will add Lampang to its list of domestic destinations.

It is also looking at the possibility of resuming flights to Ho Chi Minh City in the immediate future, as well as restoring long-range flights to Hiroshima, Xian and Guilin, according to the airline’s president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Bangkok Airways suspended the four international services in October due to a weakening travel demand, and had previously cancelled services to Shenzhen, Fukuoka, Macau and Krabi.

Mr Puttipong told the Bangkok Post that the airline must remain cautious and conservative in order to heal the wound, pointing out that the main challenge for the airline was to return to its operations prior to the crisis.

He predicts that yields will remain down in 2010 as fares had fallen by 30 to 40 per cent as the airline has been forced to cut ticket prices in a bid to attract travellers.

Puttipong also expects to see an improvement in profits for this year as preliminary figures showed losses were not as large as originally projected.

The airline saw a tough year last year, however in the final two months of 2009 the airline reported ‘extremely good’ travel demand among European travellers who flocked to Koh Samui, the beach resort island which the airline accumulated its fortune.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/aviation/30928/bangkok-airways-ready-to-start-restoring-some-flights

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