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Kanok Karn
11th April 2011, 16:50
Bangkok Airways has indicated that the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has helped boost regional aviation business and the company will open more stopping points in India in that response.

Bangkok Airways President Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth admitted that the ASEAN-India FTA, which has been effective since the beginning of 2010, has been promoting trade, investment and tourism between ASEAN countries and India.

Captain Puttipong added that aviation business has also been receiving benefits from the FTA as seen from growing air journeys between the two regions. He said Bangkok Airways has recently opened flights between Bangkok and Mumbai, which have been well received.

The president said he earlier expected only around 40-50% of the cabin factor on that route, but the figure has turned out to be as high as 60%, especially on flights from Mumbai to Bangkok reflecting that more and more Indian tourists are coming to the Thai capital.

Captain Puttipong announced that the airline will open two additional routes from Bangkok to Kolkata and Chennai very soon this year due to the potentials of both destinations and in order that the Bangkok Airways fleet will be used to its full capacity.


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