28th Oct 2019
Low-cost carrier NokScoot launched last week new flights between Hokkaido, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand to take advantage of the growing demand for flights between the two cities.
NokScoot, the joint venture firm between Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot Tiger Air Pte Ltd. announced on Sunday, October 27, that it started flying on the same day between Chitose Airport in Hokkaido and Don Muang Airport in Bangkok. Flights between the two destinations are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The company said it will use its aircraft Boeing 777-200ER for the said route. The fleet features 24 reclining seats and 391 economy class seats.
“We now extend network into our third Japanese city, offering more choices to NokScoot customers,” NokScoot chief executive officer Yodchai Sudhidhanakul was quoted as saying.
“Our fast-growing route network serves Japan’s most important ports of entry, allowing Thai tourists to enjoy the sights of Japan while giving Japanese travellers greater access to Thailand,” he added.
Data from the Thai Ministry Tourism and Sports showed that a total of 1.65 million Japanese nationals visited Thailand last year, representing a 4.32 percent increase in the country’s tourist arrivals. Of the total, 175,000 came from Hokkaido, or an increase of 8 percent versus 2017.
Apart from Hokkaido, NokScoot already flies between Don Muang and airports in Tokyo, and Osaka.
NokScoot is the second airline to fly between Hokkaido and Bangkok, with the two being Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia.
Thai Airways flies daily between Hokkaido and Bangkok via Suvarnabhumi Airport while Thai AirAsia flies from and to Don Muang, the hub for budget carriers.
NokScoot’s parent firm Scoot Tiger also flies from and to Chitose Airport from Singapore via Taipei.