The aggressive network expansion of Thai Lion Air (TLA) is gathering pace, with five new routes set for launch. Three of the five routes are international and two are domestic. All originate from the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) Don Mueang airport hub in Bangkok. The cities for new scheduled flights include Nanchang and Nanjing, both in China; Hanoi in Vietnam; and Khon Kaen and Phitsanulok, said industry insiders. These new services come on the heels of four recent route launches: Bangkok Chongqing, Bangkok-Chengdu, Bangkok Trang and Chiang Mai-Surat Thani. The new wave of launches will start with the debut of Bangkok-Khon Kaen with 13 flights a week. It will be followed by the
introduction of TLA’s second Vietnamese route, to the capital Hanoi with eight flights a week.
TLA will commence a daily flight to Nanjing, and to Phitsanulok on the same day with six flights per week, before ramping up to 10 flights a week in May. This month it will begin regular flights to Nanchang with four flights a week. The airline is intensifying its China strategy this year with at least two new routes looming large on its radar screen. The Chinese cities of Jiangsu and Kunming are likely to be TLA’s next destinations in the near future, as the airline sees travel demand from secondary cities in the mainland to Thailand, one of China’s top foreign destinations. – Bangkok Post