Bangkok Airways has undertaken a major expansion of its operations at Chiang Mai, using the northern Thai city as its new hub.
On 26 October 2014, the airline launched four new services from the Chiang Mai International Airport, to Phuket, Udon Thani, Mandalay and Yangon.
“We foresee Chiang Mai [as] another important hub for Thailand’s tourism industry,” said Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways’ vice president of sales. “By utilising Chiang Mai International Airport as another hub, it will enhance Bangkok Airways’ ability to support the growing demand for air travel when the AEC takes place in 2015.
“It will also allow us to provide better flight connections for our passengers who wish to continue their travel to the northeastern and southern part of Thailand as well as to the neighbouring country Myanmar without having to fly back to Suvarnabhumi Airport to connect to those destinations.”
The two new domestic routes, to Phuket and Udon Thani, will both operate daily using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The services to Myanmar will also run every day, flying to Yangon on four days of the week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and Mandalay on the remaining three days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). All these services will use an ATR turboprop aircraft.
Bangkok Airways already connects Chiang Mai with Bangkok.