4th Oct 2019
Since the government removed the 20,00 baht Visa-on-Arrival fees for 19 nations Thailand has seen a drastic increase in tourism from India. Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai International Airways, has decided to launch a new flight to compliment this rise.
The inaugural direct flight for the airline's seventh route in India, Ahmedabad to Bangkok, will take off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport to Suvarnabhumi on Oct 28. The airline plans on running four flights every week on this route with two classes - Smile Premium Plus and Smile Class.
Thai Smile is also expanding routes towards Gaya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Kolkata. The Chief Executive Officer, Charita Leelayudth, also revealed that the airline plans on offering 38 weekly flights across all Indian routes.
Thailand's Ministry of tourism and sports says that more around 1.31 million Indians have visited Thailand in the first eight months of the year. The toll is rising by 25.54% every year. In fact, it may reach over 2 million visitors by the end of this year, approximately 0.4 million more than visitors per year in 2018.
Thai Smile said that the Indians visiting Thailand for business, tourism, family trips, weddings, and honeymoons are greatly appreciating the direct flights. The airline has experienced a 20% rise in passengers from India with these flight routes. The number even rose to 85% during some months.