Bangkok Airways is a Thai regional airline that operates air passenger services to Southeast Asian destinations within Thailand, to Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Maldives, and Singapore. Flying out of its base at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, the airline boasts of a fleet of 18 for its 15 destinations.
Recently, Bangkok Airways has unveiled its plans to launch direct flights between the southern Thai resort island of Koh Samui and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The plan to connect Thailand’s third largest island, which sees an average of 1.5 million visitors a year, and the international city, is aimed at boosting tourism between the two destinations.
Bangkok Airways plans to launch the new flight starting March 1, to add to its lengthening list of international destinations the boutique airline services to date. Prior to this, the airline operated flights from Samui International Airport (also owned by Bangkok Airways) to two other international destinations. After the airline’s new flight connection, it joins two other international cities, Singapore and Hong Kong, which have direct flight access to Koh Samui.
This new service is geared at providing a stronger relationship with passengers traveling connecting flights from Asia, Australia, and Europe who want to visit Koh Samui with its rich natural resources, white sand beaches, abundant coral reefs and copious coconut trees.
Initially making its debut in the airline industry in 1968, Bangkok Airways began as Sahakol Air, the first ever private aviation company in Thailand, operating regular charter services using two-engine 9-seater planes and catering to companies and organizations engaged in the exploration for oil and natural gas resources in the Gulf of Thailand.
Rapid growth in business investments and tourism in the country led to Thailand’s economic growth and development in infrastructure, and eventually resulting to several million visitors to the country each year. Sahakol Air met this need by becoming Thailand’s first privately-owned domestic airline in 1986, re-branding itself as Bangkok Airways in 1989.