Chiang Mai International Airport
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- 60 Sanambin Road, Sutep Subdistrict,
Muang District, Chiang Mai Province 50200, Thailand
- Chiang Mai
- 3100m x 45m
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- Air Bagan
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Hong Kong Express
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- Air France
All Nippon Airways
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Location of Chiang Mai International Airport, Thailand
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Bangkok Airways is planning relatively ambitious fleet and network expansion over the next year as the independent full-service carrier looks to cement its position in the increasingly competitive Thai market.
The carrier plans to add five A320 family aircraft by the end of 2014 and is close to placing orders for new-generation turboprop and narrowbody aircraft. The fleet renewal and expansion could be partially funded by an initial public offering (IPO), which Bangkok Airways now aims to complete by the end of 2013 following a six-month delay.
The upcoming launch of three new low-cost carriers in Thailand, starting with Thai Lion on 04-Dec-2013, provides a potentially challenging backdrop to an IPO. But Bangkok Airways, which has been profitable for four consecutive years, is confident in the long-term viability of its boutique carrier niche. The carrier’s outlook remains relatively bright, boosted by an expanding portfolio of partnerships which will continue to provide high-yielding passengers that keep it largely out of the crossfire between LCCs.
Indonesia’s Lion Air Group is aiming to launch a new affiliate in Thailand by the end of 2013 with an initial fleet of two 737-900ERs based at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport. The new carrier, Thai Lion, will follow the low-cost model and, unlike Lion’s Malaysian subsidiary Malindo, provide an all-economy no-frill service.
Thai Lion will initially serve two international routes – Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – and Thailand’s second largest domestic route, Bangkok-Chiang Mai. With Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Thai Lion will be able to leverage the hubs of its sister carriers.
The new carrier will compete primarily against Thailand’s two existing LCCs, Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways' low-cost affiliate Nok Air. Both are based at Don Mueang and serve Chiang Mai while AirAsia is the market leader between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and also serves Bangkok-Jakarta.
While Thai Airways' new unit Thai Smile is now settling in to its second week of operations, the carrier remains in the vanguard and is seeking to prove its hybrid model as suitable for the Asian market. Thai Smile has undergone many revisions since being established just over a year ago and continues to, with the carrier now planning to split future capacity evenly between the domestic and international markets rather than have a majority of international capacity.
Thai Smile launched services on 7-Jul-2012 with an international route to Macau but in Aug-2012 will launch domestic services. So far besides Macau only five domestic routes have been announced but more international routes will come as part of a later phase, including possibly from second-tier Thai cities, breaking Thai Airways' focus on Bangkok and, to a lesser extent, Phuket. But the new unit's higher cost base than a LCC will ultimately limit its growth potential.
Thai Airways delays launch of Thai Tiger Airways again; Thai AirAsia preparing strategies to compete
Thai Airways has had a number of challenges in its plans to establish new LCC start-up, Thai Tiger Airways, under a JV with Singapore’s Tiger Airways. In its latest set back, the carrier has been forced to postpone the launch date of the LCC from Mar-2011 to late May-2011. However, the setbacks have not comforted competitors, with Thai AirAsia stating it is developing strategies to effectively compete with the new LCC.
Thai aviation is running hot again despite the affects of social and political disruptions and likely to report one of its best years in 2010 on the back of regional economic improvement and growing tourism.
Airports of Thailand (AoT), operator of the country’s major international airports, reported a 6.3% year-on-year reduction in passenger numbers in Jul-2009, but passenger numbers had already started falling in the same month last year (by 1.3%), meaning the decreases are now compounding.
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