Vol. IV No. 28 - Saturday July 9 - July 15, 2005
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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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TAT and Silk Air slash fares in low season

THAI welcomes Miss Hong Kong 2005 contestants

THAI to implement fuel surcharge

“What’s new Pussycat?”

TAT and Silk Air slash fares in low season

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Singaporeans are expected to flood Thailand when the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Singapore office, in cooperation with Silk Air, can encourage tourism to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son during low season.

This tourism promotion is participated in by 23 well known tour agents in Singapore, as city-bound Singaporeans love to visit natural places, especially in the northern provinces of Thailand. These provinces are also full of interesting ancient cultures and arts that interest Singaporeans enough to stimulate them to travel here.

Silk Air is offering a 50 percent discount on plane tickets for three and four days in Chiang Mai, five days in Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai, five days in Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son and seven days in Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son.


THAI welcomes Miss Hong Kong 2005 contestants

THAI employees welcomed Miss Hong Kong 2005 beauty contestants during their visit to Thailand, prior to departure for Phuket for filming.


THAI to implement fuel surcharge

Due to the increase in the cost of fuel, Thai Airways International (THAI) announced an additional fuel surcharge on domestic flights as of 1 July 2005 onwards.

Kanok Abhiradee, THAI’s president said if the situation concerning the cost of fuel returns to normal, THAI will consider suspending the fuel surcharge.

Kanok Abhiradee, THAI’s President, said the gradual increase in world fuel costs has affected airlines around the world by incurring increased expense in jet fuel. As the cost of jet fuel has increased and continues to rise, the company will implement an additional fuel surcharge on domestic flights.

Further details of the additional fuel surcharge on passengers traveling on board THAI’s domestic flights are as follows:

Domestic Flights: 200 baht (one-sector flights) and 400 baht (round-trip flights) per flight coupon.

As for THAI’s international flights, the fuel surcharge remains unchanged, as follows: USD 15 or approximately 600 baht per flight coupon.

On intercontinental flights, including Australia and New Zealand at USD 25 or 1,000 baht per flight coupon.

In future, if the situation concerning the cost of fuel returns to normal, THAI will consider suspending the fuel surcharge.


“What’s new Pussycat?”

Tiger on the prowl for new bases

TTG

Tiger Airways is looking for bases outside Singapore, as it creates its regional brand, and is currently speaking with several parties to form partnerships, its CEO Tony Davis has avowed.

Changi Airport will still be the main base, but secondary bases were needed “to achieve a wider geographical spread across Asia” and also provide “access to domestic markets,” he added.

The airline also announced it has won additional traffic rights from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City and will increase its four weekly flights to six, starting October.

Davis said the airline will introduce “two to three new routes” in the coming weeks. These will be within a four hour radius in keeping with its low-cost business model.

The budget carrier has ordered eight A320 planes costing USD 500 million. The first two aircraft are due for delivery in March 2006, and another three, in the third quarter of that year. The three remaining planes should be delivered in 2007, bringing its total fleet to 12.

Davis said: “Tiger Airways has met its business target in the first 10 months of operations. The board of directors has endorsed our plans to expand services in the region.”

Tiger has unveiled its new brand concept playing on the theme “What’s new Pussycat?” Meanwhile, competitor Jetstar Asia has confirmed it is “exploring a variety of ways” to co-operate with low-frills carrier, Valuair. Davis said in response that Tiger has no plans to pursue an alliance or interline with another airline.



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