Three airports in Thailand are preparing to welcome at least 20 flights from China per day in the first three months of 2023, effective January 11th, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
Suttipong Kongpool, director-general of the CAAT, announced yesterday, January 7th, that Chinese airlines have applied to start passenger flights to Thailand and have been granted permission to operate up to 20 flights per day from 15 flights per week in the first three months of 2023.
The three airports that will accommodate these flights include Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket Airport, and Chiang Mai Airport. Each flight will have an average of 200 passengers, for a total of approximately 4,000 passengers per day on 20 flights.
The increased flights will begin operating next Wednesday, January 11th, but the number of flights will vary based on the month as follows:
- In January, the maximum number of flights per day is 14.
- In February, the maximum number of flights per day is 16, with the highest number of flights on February 14th, or Valentine’s Day.
- In March, the maximum number of flights per day is 14.
Suttipong said this policy will apply to the following airlines and routes:
- 9 Air (AQ): Bangkok – Guangzhou, Bangkok – Guiyang
- Air China (CA): Bangkok – Hangzhou
- China Eastern (MU): Bangkok – Kunming, Bangkok – Shanghai
- China Southern Airlines (CZ): Bangkok – Guangzhou and Bangkok – Wuhan
- Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines (GX): Bangkok – Nanning
- Hebei Airlines (NS): Bangkok – Hangzhou
- Juneyao Airlines (HO): Bangkok – Shanghai, Phuket – Shanghai, Phuket – Nanjing, Chiang Mai – Shanghai
- Kunming Airlines (KY): Bangkok – Kunming
- Lucky Air (8L): Bangkok – Kunming
- Ruili (DR): Chiang Mai – Kunming
- Shanghai Airlines (FM): Bangkok – Shanghai
- Shenzhen Airlines (ZH): Bangkok – Shenzhen
- Sichuan Airlines (3U): Bangkok – Chengdu, Chiang Mai – Chengdu
- Spring Airlines (9C): Bangkok – Nanning, Bangkok – Shanghai, Chiang Mai – Guangzhou, Chiang Mai – Shanghai, Phuket – Shanghai
- Xiamen Airlines (MF): Bangkok – Tianjin, Bangkok – Xiamen.