Thai AirAsia X has announced plans to double the frequency of its Bangkok-Seoul flights for the upcoming high season.
From 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017, the low-cost carrier will operate a second daily flight on the route, adding more than 2,500 seats each week in each direction.
The new service will depart Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport daily at 0815 and arrive at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport at 1520. The return flight then leaves the Korean capital at 1625 and arrives back in Bangkok at 2015.
These flights will complement Thai AirAsia X’s existing 0155 departures from Bangkok and 1115 return flights from Seoul, and both daily flights will be operated using a 366-seat, two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X, explained that the second flight is being added “in anticipation of increased demand during the upcoming travel season, especially for Thai travellers who want to visit South Korea in the autumn and winter”.
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) welcomed the decision.
“South Korea is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations for tourism, especially due to the success of K-pop and K-dramas among the Thai youths, which has spurred more of them to visit the country on their own,” said Lee Woong, director of the KTO’s Bangkok office.
“Our organisation congratulates and thanks Thai AirAsia X for increasing its flights from Bangkok to Seoul to twice daily to accommodate the higher number of Thai travellers to South Korea expected later this year.”
In the first half of 2016, more than 248,000 Thai nationals travelled to South Korea, up 13.8% compared to the same period last year. Thai AirAsia X revealed that its load factor on the Bangkok-Seoul route averaged 91% during the period.