A Monitor Desk Report 15 Mar, 2017  |
Chittagong: Thai Airways is coming back to Chittagong again. Thai Smile Airways, sister concern of Thai Airways International, will be serving Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport from March 26.
The airline will initially operate three flights a week on Bangkok-Chittagong route – on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Flights will leave Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 7:20pm arriving at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport at 8:55pm, leaving Chittagong at 9:55pm and arriving at Bangkok at 1:15am.
Industrialists and businessmen have termed the return of the airline as opening of the door to the East and hoped the flights will have a positive impact on investment and business, as before.
Sources recalled that Thai Airways started flights to Chittagong, also three flights a week, in 2003. At that time it was the only airline operating to the port city and people of the area – specially industrialists, businessmen, students and service holders – became dependent on Thai Airways’ flights.
Flying to Suvarnabhumi International Airports and availing 74 onward connections of the airline had become easy to them.
Thai Airways operated to Chittagong up to November 25, 2012 and then the flight was suspended.
Thai Smile, starting with 20 aircraft, operates scheduled flights to 28 destinations.
Mahbubul Alam, President, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), welcomed the operations of Thai Smile as a good sign for the country’s economy. Connectivity of Chittagong with different cities of the world will increase, and increased connectivity is good for business.
Though the flights will be operated by Thai Smile, the Thai Airways management in Dhaka will be looking after all the arrangements and have held talks with CAAB, he added.