Bangkok, 2 October 2017 – Nok Air, Thailand’s low-cost airline, launches its newest base of operations from U-Tapao International Airport, in Rayong province, with a welcome ceremony including a celebratory water spray arch by the U-Tapao Airport Authority for the arrival of the first flight, Nok Air’s DD3161 Nanchang – U-Tapao.
Charter flight DD3161 is the airline’s new route, start the service four days per week, departed today from Nanchang, China, at 14.00 hrs., and arrived at 16.00 hrs. at U-Tapao International Airport. U-Tapao International Airport is Nok Air’s second base of operation to accommodate charter flights from China, after Don Mueang International Airport. In October, Nok Air will be gradually opening new services to another four destinations in China from U-Tapao, including Yinchuan one time per week, Haikao three times per week, Changsha three times per week, and Linyi two times per week, for a total of 5 additional Chinese destinations.
Piya Yodmani, Nok Air’s Chief Executive Officer, said “We are delighted with the launch of our new charter flights and increasing the operating base at U-Tapao. We have seen the airport’s strong potential with its location, near the Eastern Economic Corridor, Rayong, and of course Pattaya, a prime tourist destination. By extending our operations, we will increase the number of tourist arrivals from China, which benefits the country’s economy, tourism, and overall business.”
Nok Air currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800, Q400, and ATR aircraft to 24 domestic airports and three regional destinations including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Yangon.