[photopress:air_shanghai_airlines_1_2.jpg,full,alignright]Shanghai Airlines plans to increase its flights between the mainland and Thailand to cater to growing passenger and cargo traffic.
The carrier has started a new route, from China’s emerging economic province of Chongqing to Bangkok, and is looking to offer direct service between Shanghai and Bangkok by the end of the year.
It is the first airline to offer a direct Chongqing-Bangkok route. It operates a 184-seat Boeing 737-800 on the route which takes about two and a half hours.
Late last year, Shanghai Airlines doubled its number of flights between Shanghai and Phuket to four a week, using a similar aircraft. The airline started flying Shanghai-Phuket route, which takes five hours, two years ago on a ‘regular charter’ basis.
Shanghai Airlines has since 2006 offered all-freighter services between Bangkok and Shanghai at three flights Boeing 757 cargo planes that have 30 tonnes of capacity.
About one million Chinese tourists visited Thailand last year and the Tourism Authority of Thailand expects the number to reach 1.3 million this year.
Their favorite destinations are Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui.
Freight movements between the two countries have also been surging due to growing trade volume. A good portion of shipments from Thailand to China are IT components.
Source: Bangkok Post