Nok Air, which connected Indian city of Hyderabad to Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok in February 2023, is quite bullish about the performance of this route. “We have done extensive evaluation and from our perspective, this route has a lot of potential in terms of both direct and connecting traffic. There is a lot of leisure and business travel from Hyderabad to various destinations in Thailand. There are a lot of first-time travellers, students, budget travellers who like to explore the unexplored goodness of Thailand,” Wutthiphum Jurangkool, CEO, Nok Air, told T3.
Explaining further, Jurangkool said that Thailand and India are meant to be closer, and Nok Air will definitely bridge the gap. Before Covid19, Nok Air operated direct flights from Bangkok to Visakhapatnam and Guwahati. “As we focus on the recently launched Bangkok – Hyderabad route, at the backend, we have already identified 3 cities for our expansion, and will evaluate and announce the same at the earliest,” the CEO said adding that India is a preferred market, and Nok Air would like to focus on all segments of travellers, be it leisure, business or students.
On the marketing and promotion in India, he said Nok Air is committed to increase the tourism footprint between Thailand and India. “Nok Air along with our partners in both the countries are promoting the seamless new connection. Our GSA in India – DEX Group helps us in strategic planning, and we will help each other look after all the B2C and B2B segments across India,” he added.
Nok Air has cemented its foot in the domestic market and is a preferred carrier for the masses. The airline recently forayed in the international market and believe that their services will be appreciated and valued, and Nok Air will get a chance to serve passengers from multiple nations.
Replying to a question over Thai Airways already operating from Hyderabad to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Jurangkool said Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, second to Suvarnabhumi Airport. It has two terminals; Terminal 1 is for international flights, and Terminal 2 is for domestic and regional flights. The terminals are very well inter-connected. Car rentals, rideshares, taxis, shuttles, train rides, and buses are easily available for transport to and from the airport. With so much to offer, DMK City Airport is a preferred choice of travellers as it connects to the CBD in less than 30 minutes by land and rail. We wanted to create an alternate for a wider audience including family travellers, students and backpackers and allow them to explore Thailand at affordable prices.