Nok Air cuts Bangkok-Phuket route


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Well this sucks. As if One-Two-Go being delivered a standing eight-count wasn’t bad enough, Nok Air has reportedly thrown in the towel on its Bangkok-Phuket route, writes Chutima Sidasathian over at Phuket Wan. Flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchatanee and Krabi have also been axed. This is terrible news. It means that Air Asia is the only low-cost airline serving several of Thailand’s major destinations.

Phuket is a huge boon for tourism in Thailand, but with Nok Air and One-Two-Go out of the picture, you have to wonder what the effect will be.

From Phuket Wan:

A Nok Air spokeswoman blamed the cuts on oil prices and the general economic downturn.

This news comes a day after gasohol pump prices were cut by almost 5 baht a liter, while the price of diesel was slashed by 3.5 baht a liter. It was widely speculated that Nok Air was in trouble.

Air Asia is now in a prime position to jack up its prices on certain routes because it has no other airline to compete with.

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4 thoughts on “Nok Air cuts Bangkok-Phuket route

  1. There is still Bangkok Airways (I know I know!). I just flew back to Phuket from BKK with them and the ticket was about the same price as Air Asia.

    I've noticed Air Asia is not so cheap on this route these days and their advertised price online is then "embellished" with a lot of extra charges.

  2. yes this is a shame, but frankly we've had it good, being able to show up at an airport an hour before and get a flight to Phuket for 1800 baht. I mate of mine did this at Phuket airport recently with airasia and was charged over 3000 baht for a late notice ticket.

    I'm sure they'll put more on in the busy season, if Nok lasts that long, but I'm not going to miss one-2-go's noisy MD80s when they took off from the airport in Phuket!

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