Thai Airways regional connectivity Part 3: Thai Smile to launch Chandigarh, Jieyang & Zhengzhou
Thai Airways' regional full service subsidiary Thai Smile plans to launch 10 international routes by the end of 2016 and expand its international network from only four to 15 destinations. The expansion is made possible as Thai Smile takes over all four of the A320s currently operated by Thai Airways and improves the utilisation of its existing 16 aircraft.
Chandigarh in India and Jieyang and Zhengzhou in China will be new destinations for Thai Smile and the Thai Airways Group. Thai Smile is also taking over two other Indian destinations from Thai Airways – Gaya and Varanasi – along with one other in China, Chongqing. Thai Smile will also start operating alongside Thai Airways to Penang in Malaysia, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Vientiane in Laos.
In addition Thai Smile is planning to resume services to Mandalay in Myanmar and Luang Prabang in Laos. All the new and resumed routes will expand the Thai Airways Group network to 14 international destinations in Southeast Asia, 10 destinations in China and nine in India.
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