Nearly a thousand international charter flights have arrived in Thailand this year, and the number of charters continues to grow along with the number of Chinese tourists
The recovery of Thailand’s aviation and tourism industries this year has led to an increase in the number of international charter flights. The number of charters arriving in the kingdom has reached 924 in four months. Measures are also being taken to reduce airfares on domestic flights, reports Matichon.
Of the 924 charter flights arriving in Thailand since the beginning of the year, 253 arrived in January, 288 in February, 165 in March and 218 in April, said Suttipong Kongpul, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.
Charters arrived from the following 23 countries among them: Russia, China, India, the US, Australia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Taiwan, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
A charter flight is a flight that is chartered for a specific group of people, usually tourists, athletes or business people. Unlike scheduled flights, a charter flight does not have a fixed schedule and does not operate continuously. A charter flight is usually fully leased by the company and has a flexible departure schedule.
Although the number of international charter flights arriving in Thailand this month has increased significantly, the total number has not peaked. Only 32 such flights arrive during the Songkran celebrations from 11 to 17 April, mainly from China, South Korea and Myanmar.
The charter flight market will steadily expand during this year, especially when more Chinese tourists start coming here, according to Suttipong. The Chinese usually travel either during the Chinese New Year or in summer, with a big increase expected in June.
The Civil Aviation Authority is also looking to address the problem of high airfares on domestic flights. The quickest way to do this is to allow airlines to import more planes and increase the number of flights to meet rising demand.
Thailand is importing 21 aircraft in 2023, with Thai Airways importing four, Nok Air four, Thai AirAsia five and Thai Lion Air five. In addition, 20 aircraft are being refurbished and will return to service this year, bringing the total number of additional aircraft to 41.
This will result in lower domestic airfares in the third quarter of this year, but it is not known how significant the drop in ticket prices will be.
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