3rd Aug 2022
After a hiatus of four years, Nok Air has resumed service between Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Nakhon Ratchasima, popularly known as Korat, in the country's northeast. The maiden flight for this route took off on August 1st from Chiang Mai International Airport and arrived in Korat at 10:15 pm.
There will be two weekly flights on this route. The Chiang Mai to Korat service will operate every Monday and Friday at 8:45 p.m. The route from Korat to Chiang Mai will operate twice a week at 5:30 am on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Ticket prices begin at 2,099 baht.
A G400 aircraft with a passenger capacity of 86 will service the route. The first flight on this route carried a total of 66 passengers.
Nok Air said that the new route would improve the Thai economy by increasing travel between northern and northeastern towns.
This week, Chiang Mai Airport was also busy enabling the arrival of Nok Air planes rerouted from Chiang Rai airport. Since a Nok Air Boeing 737-800 veered off the runway at Chiang Rai airport on Saturday, all Nok Air flights intended for Chiang Rai have been re-routed to Chiang Mai instead, a travel time of 3 hours and 15 minutes by car.
Hopefully, the Chiang Mai to Isaan route will draw more passengers than Nok Air's Bangkok to Betong service, which was cancelled in April following its debut flight because the airline was unable to sell enough tickets. The airline will test the route for the next three months in an effort to increase ticket sales via the use of promotional travel packages.