Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines will launch a series of new services to Bangkok next month.
The airline currently connects the Thai capital with its home base of Shanghai, but from May 2015, Spring plans to launch a series of new services from regional cities across China.
New flights will operate to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Chengdu, Nanchang and Shijiazhuang, the respective capitals of China’s Sichuan, Jiangxi and Hebei provinces. Flights from Chengdu and Shijiazhuang will operate three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays), while the Nanchang-Bangkok service will run four times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays).
Spring will become the first airline to link Bangkok with Shijiazhuang and the third to operate the Suvarnabhumi-Chengdu route, following China Eastern Airlines and Thai Airways. Spring will also compete with China Eastern on the Nanchang-Bangkok route.
These new services mark the latest expansion of air services from regional Chinese cities to Thailand. Capitalising on a recent surge in the popularity of travel to Thailand among mainland Chinese, airlines including Lucky Air and Okay Airways have recently commenced flights to the country, while established airlines like China Eastern and China Southern Airlines have added more connections from second tier Chinese cities.
Mainland China is now Thailand’s largest visitor source market.
Meanwhile, Spring Airlines has also applied to China’s aviation authorities to launch new scheduled services to the Japanese city of Nagoya, from Hefei, Harbin, Hohhot, Shijiazhuang and Shanghai. If approved, the new routes would start in June 2015.
Spring operates all its routes using a modern fleet of 180-seat, all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft.