China is now Krabi’s largest foreign market with over 200,000 arrivals in 2014 and Hong Kong Airlines is capitalizing on this market with a new non-stop flight to the Southern Thai province.
Commencing on 13 November, Hong Kong Airlines will officially launch a daily flight service to Krabi, Thailand using an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft. Hong Kong Airlines will be the only carrier providing direct link between Hong Kong and Krabi.
Situated in Southern Thailand along the Andaman Sea, Krabi is increasingly turning into a popular international destination. The province is home to clear sea water, tranquil beaches and bays, lush mountains, colourful coral reefs and a wide range of sea creatures, as well as more than 130 nearby large and small islands.
Cave exploration, rock climbing, kayaking, sea fishing and snorkelling are also among the top activities in Krabi. In addition, Krabi is famous for quality and reasonably priced Thai cuisine among the southwestern areas in Thailand, especially great seafood.
Mr. Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong Airlines said, “Hong Kong Airlines attaches great importance to its Thai market. We are delighted to further expand our network to Krabi, which is the perfect paradise for vacation. Starting this route allows us to offer a convenient, direct service for visitors from Hong Kong to fully enjoy the beaches and sunshine in Krabi.”
Hong Kong airline will however be in intense competition with many Chinese carriers offering already leisure flights to Krabi. The Thai seaside resort is linked by air in October to 12 cities in Mainland China, including two daily flights to Shanghai and a daily frequency to Guangzhou. In October, total available seats from China PRC to Krabi summed 31,030, representing 15% of all seat capacities.Krabi airport offered in October close to 208,000 seats to 18 destinations including domestic flights to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.
In 2014, Krabi welcomed 1.82 million foreign tourists, up by 2.74% of which 218,418 came from Mainland China. Chinese travellers represent the largest foreign inbound market for the Province. Hong Kong remains a relatively tiny market for Krabi, generating only 5,507 arrivals in 2014, up by 6.7%.