Thai Lion Air launches Dhaka-Bangkok direct flights


Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Panpimon Suwannapongse cutting a cake at the launching ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2018 Rajib Dhar

The inaugural flight is scheduled to take off on October 1 this year

Budget airline Thai Lion Air launched direct flights between Dhaka and Bangkok, in an event at Lakeshore hotel on Saturday.

They will be flying from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

At the event, Malindo General Manager (Commercial Strategy) Saravanan Ramasamy said: “The company will play a pivotal role in connecting Bangladesh with Bangkok, China, Nepal, Vietnam, India, and Myanmar.

“As the second largest Low cost carrier in Thailand, we have already conquered the South East Asian and South Asian market. Soon we will be offering flights to Japan.”

The airline is offering round trips from Dhaka to Bangkok at a starting price of Tk16,083.

At the event, the head of sales delivered a presentation on the journey and future expansion plans of the company.

Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Panpimon Suwannapongse and Thai Lion Air Managing Director Phillip Pang cut a cake at the launch ceremony.

In a press statement, chairman of the Board of Thai Lion Air Captain Darsito Hendro Seputro said they will be launching their inaugural flight from Bangkok to Dhaka on October 1 this year.

“Travelers will be attracted by amazing architectural marvels such as the Ahsan Manjil,” said Capt Septuro. “They will also be able to experience the handicrafts, spices, herbs, gift shops, and local food of the country.”

The company currently operates aircraft including the Boeing 737-900 ER, with 215 seats, Boeing 737-800, with 189 seats, Boeing 737 MAX 9, with 215 seats, and the Airbus A330-300, with 392 seats.

Passengers choosing to fly with Thai Lion Air will also be able to enjoy free baggage allowance of 10kg and free allowance for sports equipments of 10kg on domestic flights.

As per the international flight policy of Thai Lion Air, Dhaka-Bangkok round trips will have free baggage allowance of 20kg.

Currently, the airlines are offering a new service called Lion Seat Selection, which will let passengers choose their preferred seat locations, either beside a window or the aisle. For passengers who do not use the Lion Seat Selection service, the system will automatically assign a random seat number at check-in.

Using this service, bookings can be made at least four hours prior to departure via the call centre or through the company’s official website.

Thai Lion Air is a low cost carrier of Lion Group, founded in 2013, with 12 domestic flights, 2 cross region flights and more than 20 international flights. The airline will provide an alternative travel option for passengers travelling to Bangkok and beyond at very affordable price.

Source: Dhaka Tribune.

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