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Besides the national airline Thai Airways, which has worldwide a very good reputation and offers excellent service, Bangkok Airlines offers domestic flights and flights to Hongkong, Singapore, Yangon and Male. Furthermore there are several low-cost airlines such as Air Asia, Nok Air and One-Two-Go challenging the market share of the conventional airlines with low fares.

Airport Tax
Domestic airport departure tax: 100 Baht
International airport departure tax: 700 Baht
The tax is always included in the fare for the air ticket.
Thai Airways International (TG)

www.thaiair.com (with online booking)
Thai Airways International (TG) or short: Thai Airways, is the national carrier for the Kingdom of Thailand. Thai Airways route network connects many places in the country and it is directed to Don Muang Airport in Bangkok. Only flights to Phuket are operated from the international airport Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.
There are several daily flights to larger cities; to smaller cities and towns only one flight per day or only several per week. Fully booked flights can be expected only during popular public holidays such as Songkran (Thai New Year), Chinese New Year and Loy Krathong.
The domestic schedule changes twice a year, however the changes are insignificant.
All international flights are operated from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK) as well as flights to Yangon, Vientiane, Hanoi, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Penang and Kunming.
Thai Airways offers an inexpensive shuttle bus service (40 to 80 Baht) from most of its city offices to the airports, which are usually quite far from the city center.
The following types of airplanes are used by Thai Airways:
Airbus A-300/A-330/3340, Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 777.
A small fee is payable for ticket changes. When arriving delayed in Bangkok, the connecting flight can be changed for a later flight without any problems. However, this does not refer to special fares.

Air Pass
Thai Airways offers the air pass “Discover Thailand”.
Information at www.thaiair.com.
Bangkok Airways (PG)

www.bangkokair.com (with online booking)
Bangkok Air offers domestic and regional flights, for example to Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Trat and Ko Samui as well as flights from Ko Samui to Phuket, Hong Kong and Singapore. The flights are mostly operated with Airbus. In the low season from April to October there are Special Fares for certain flights.

Airpass
Bangkok Airways offers the Discovery Airpass. 3 to 6 Coupons for domestic flights can be purchased for US$ 88 each and for international flights for US$120 for each flight (valid for 2 months).
Low-Cost Airlines

The following low-cost airlines advertise with various discount ticket fares. However, there can be at times additional fees up to 700 Baht. Booking via internet is a common and easy procedure, the e-ticket can be just printed out.
Thai Air Asia (FD)

www.airasia.com (with online booking)
Air Asia flies several times a day from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Phuket (HKT) to many destinations in Thailand, Asia, Australia and recently also to London. The airline is continuously expanding its route network.
An additional charge has to be paid for luggage, similar to all other services.
Air Asia flights are often delayed, so it is not suitable for connecting flights with only a short time in between ( 'Air Asia is strictly a 'point-to-point' carrier', which means that the airline company does not take any liability for connecting flights, even those served by Air Asia).
Ticket Changes are not possible.
Air Asia flights are operated with Airbus (48 airplanes).

Nok Air (DD)

www.nokair.com (with online booking)
Nok Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, flies several times a day from Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and to many other cities in Thailand. There are some flights from Chiang Mai as well. Free luggage: 15 kg. „Nok Flexi“/„Nok Plus“-Tariffs offer 20kg/30 kg free luggage.
Orient Thai (one-two-go) (OX)

www.fly12go.com (with online booking)
One-two-go serves domestic flights from Bangkok Don Muang Airport, several times a day respectively several times a week. The philosophy of the airline company is: “Service with a heart”. Free luggage: 20 kg. Ticket changes and names changes can be made 24 hours prior to departure for a fee of 500 Baht.
Solar Air

www.solarair.co.th            Call center: 02-5352455-6
Solar Air is a new local airline that flies to many destinations in the North and Northeast of Thailand on 3 or 4 days per week, and to Chumphon in the South (Airport Pathio: CJM) one flight per day. Solar Air uses Dornier228 with 19 seats and EMB110-P2 with 19 seats.
They also offer very competitive promotional rates on request.



Solar Air Timetable

Nok Mini

www.nokmini.com            Call center: 053-280444
Nok Mini, the former SGA Airline, is a daughter company of Nok Air. Their SAAB 240B Plus with 34 seats flies daily in the North and Northeast of Thailand between Chiang Mai (CNX), Udon Thani (UTH) and Nan (NNT).
Their minimum prices range from 1100 to 2600 Baht.
Their schedule changes in the end of March and October.

Nok Mini Timetable
Kan Air (KND)

www.kanairlines.com         Call center: 02-5516111
Since February 2011 Kan Air flies with brand new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 12 seats with G1000 technology in the North of Thailand to the airports of Chiang Mai (CNX), Pai (PYY), Chiang Rai (CEI), Nan (NNT), Mae Hong Son (HGN), Mae Sot (NAQ) and Phitsanulok (PHS).
Promotional prices range from 799 Baht to 1899 Baht.


Happy Air

www.happyair.co.th         Call center: 02-1348000
In February 2011 Happy Air had flights from Phuket to Penang, very convenient for the visa run.
In June 2011 they made a break for reorganisation.
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