Nok Air asks for time to advertise routes to new Betong airport after cancelling flights

Yala’s new Betong International Airport is open for enterprise, however you might be hard-pressed to guide a flight there. Nok Air has suspended its route from Bangkok to Betong, saying it needs an additional two to a few months to promote the airport among home and overseas tourists before it could reopen the route.
Manageable , Nok Air cancelled its flights to the model new airport because of a lack of passengers. The decision came simply two days after its inaugural flight from Don Mueang to Betong on March 14, with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and other authorities officials on board.
After Prayut formally opened the airport for industrial enterprise, Nok Air is having second thoughts. Despite an optimistic grand opening, Nok Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Teerapol Chotichanapibal stated the drop in sales is why the airline had to cancel its Mueang-Betong flights last Wednesday and suspend the route indefinitely.
“We urge the government to guarantee 75% of income for the primary six months, so the airline doesn’t suffer too much of a loss.”
Unfortunately, last week’s bookings had been far fewer than the airline had expected. regardless of receiving optimistic feedback from brokers and prospects about the new route. However, the drop in bookings reflects a drop in shopper confidence, which may have been impacted by the day by day sure in Covid-19 infections in Thailand.
Nok Air had initially deliberate to fly from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport thrice per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using its fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 plane. The small business jet has a capability of 86 passengers.
Chotichanapibal mentioned the airline needs the next two or three months to advertise Betong as a new vacationer destination. He said the airline will offer flights for as little as three,500 baht in hopes of attracting 5% of the native tourist market. After the border Thailand-Malaysia border reopens on April 1, the airline hopes to draw Malaysian vacationers as nicely.
To transfer the process ahead, the Betong Tourism Business Association will meet Nok Air and tourism businesses today to discuss pricing and advertising methods, in accordance with vice president Narin Ruengwongsa.
“The tourism sector in Betong expects Nok Air to start out Don Mueang-Betong flights from April 1 consistent with Malaysia’s border reopening plans and the Qingming competition.”
He expects Betong to experience a flood of travellers from Malaysia and Singapore once the border reopens, noting that more than 600,000 Malaysian and Singaporean vacationers had visited Yala in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic started.
Earlier this month, Nok Air additionally announced it would start flights between Betong and Songkhla’s Hat Yai airport. Meanwhile, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said Betong airport could probably turn out to be a regional aviation hub for international travellers amongst Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia..

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