As Thailand continues to reboot its tourism infrastructure following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, airlines are opening new flight routes to meet growing demand. With international visitors returning to the Land of Smiles under the Special Tourism Visa (STV), the sector is slowly getting back to its feet.
A clear indication of this revival is the appearance of new flight services connecting popular tourism hot spots nationwide. The latest in a line of new offerings from the aviation sector is a service connecting Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Surat Thani; the main jumping off point for visits to the popular islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
The new Bangkok– Surat Thani daily service is operated by Thai Vietjet, providing travellers with return flights and connecting them to the lower southern Gulf of Thailand in around 1 hour and 15 minutes. The inaugural flight (VZ350) was celebrated with a special on-board performance, souvenirs and a lucky draw in which passengers won free airfares.
Vietjet currently operates 14 routes connecting many attractive destinations across Thailand, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani and Surat Thani; Chiang Rai to Phuket, Udon Thani; and Nakhon Si Thammarat to Hat Yai and Chiang Mai. The airline has also officially announced a new service connecting Mai and Nakhon Si Thammarat, set for take-off on 30th November 2020.