Thai Smile Air to launch flights between Bangkok and Kaohsiung Oct 1

The airspace between southern Taiwan and Thailand will become busier after October 1 when a Thai low cost airline begins to launch daily flights betwe (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--The airspace between southern Taiwan and Thailand will become busier after October 1 when a Thai low cost airline begins to launch daily flights between Bangkok and Kaohsiung.  

Thai Airways’ official website said that in the initial stage the company’s low-cost subsidiary airline Thai Smile Airways will operate a daily flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Kaohsiung, taking off at 10 a.m. and arriving in Kaohsiung at 3:20 p.m., according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA). The flights from October 1 to October 28 are available for booking now, but flights after that have not been scheduled yet, CNA reported.  

Currently, Taiwan’s China Airline is the only carrier that operates direct flights between Bangkok and Kaohsiung. Since Taiwan offered the 30-day visa-exemption entry to Thai tourists, numbers of Thai nationals traveling to Taiwan have increased, and Thai Airways has seen the business opportunity.  

Thai Smile Airways once planned the Kaohsiung route in 2012, but the plan has not been carried out, disappointing many Taiwan business people and travelers from southern Taiwan. With more Thai tourists heading to Taiwan, the airline has finally decided to launch flights between the two destinations.