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
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.
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.
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
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.
Tiger on the prowl for new bases
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.