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Home arrow News arrow News Snippet arrow Nok Air flights on Bangkok-Bangalore route Stopped
Nok Air flights on Bangkok-Bangalore route Stopped Print E-mail

November 15, 2007

by Satya Adhar 

Nok AirNok Air which started its flights to Banglalore with lot of fan fare is withdrawing its operations on the Bangalore-Bangkok route with its last flight being on 23rd November, 2007. Although the airline claims to have been very successful on the Bangalore-Bangkok route and that they are withdrawing their operations on this route temporarily owing to the non-availability of aircraft, industry experts smell something else there.

According to Economic times , Nok Air passenger load factor fell to 40%. “In India, international low cost carriers take more time to turn profitable, but they withdraw their operations soon. Also the return fare (including taxes) difference between Nok Air and full serviced carrier such as Thai Airways is around Rs 3,000-4,000. So Indian passengers prefer a full serviced carrier rather than paying for food and blankets on Nok Air.

This claim has found lot of supporters as early this year, another Low Cost Carrier JetStar Asia withdrew its five flights per week service on the Bangalore-Singapore sector citing low passenger load factor. Had the non-avaiability of aircrafts been the real reason, Nok air would not have launched flights to Hanoi, Vietnam , just this month.

All passengers who have been booked on flights after November 23 will be transferred to Thai Airways.The Thai-based carrier is an affiliate of Thai Airways International (THAI) which holds a 39 percent of stake in the company.

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