British Airways, a UK-based air carrier, has agreed a codeshare deal with Thailand-based airline, Bangkok Airways.
The agreement will come into play on four routes between the Thai capital city, Bangkok, and Singapore, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai. It will enable British Airways customers to book flights to any of these destinations, via Bangkok, in one transaction at ba.com. BA currently provides a daily flight to Bangkok, while flights to Singapore leave twice daily.
From October this year, British Airway’s service to Bangkok from Heathrow will be moving to the airport’s Terminal 5 from its present location, Terminal 3.
British Airways’ head of alliances, Steve Ronald, said, ‘Thailand will be more accessible to European tourists now that we have teamed up with Bangkok Airways. The move of our Bangkok service to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will also serve to streamline connections between Europe and the Far East.’
Bangkok Airways senior vice president for network management, Peter Wiesner, said in a statement, ‘This new partnership will offer smooth transit for passengers travelling from long-haul routes with British Airways to Bangkok and Singapore for their onward journey to Thailand’s key destinations.’
Established in 1968 as Shakol Air, Bangkok Airways has now grown to a fleet size of 23 aircraft that serve 20 destinations, including those in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Burma, India and Singapore. The airline is also believed to have more aircraft currently on order, including a number of Airbus A320-232’s. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok.