After this date, Thai Airways won’t fly to Samui

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National flag carrier Thai Airways International will stop its Bangkok-Samui flights in early September, which will once again give Bangkok-based regional carrier Bangkok Airways a monopoly on the route that serves one of the kingdom’s most popular tourist spots.

Thai International flies twice daily, return, from Bangkok to the private airport on Samui Island that Bangkok Airways built in 1989 and has managed ever since. According to the Routesonline website, the last Thai International flight on the route is scheduled for 2 September 2018.

Thai International entered into a contract with Bangkok Airways in 2008 to fly to Samui. While also ending Bangkok Airways’ route monopoly, Thai International marketed the convenience of its new Samui flights that allowed travellers to transfer through Bangkok to the resort island on the one airline.

The flag carrier justifies the September cessation of its Samui service with a codeshare agreement it now has with Bangkok Airways to ticket passengers through to Samui on that carrier’s flights, which number nearly 20 a day return.

During its previous monopoly on the Samui route, Bangkok Airways faced constant criticism it was making it difficult for other carriers to serve the island and its fares were significantly higher than that of other similar-distance routes in the region.

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