As if they were not enough airlines in Thailand, the country’s department of civil aviation gave two licences to two new carriers. Thai Eastar Jet and Thai Summer Airways. They should start flying before the end of 2020 if they want to keep their license.
After a break of five years which saw Thailand department of civil aviation giving a licence to low cost carrier Thai Vietjet, the DCA decided to give to AOC (Air Operation Certificates) to two new Thailand-based carriers. Thai Eastar Jet and Thai Summer Airways. Both new carriers are due to launch flights in 2020 as they would otherwise loose their AOC if they do not use the license within one year.
Thai Eastar Jet is a joint venture with South Korea and will be a sister company to Korean low cost carrier Eastar Jet. The airline is due to launch charter flights between Bangkok and Kaohsiung in Taiwan as well as to Korean cities. The second airline is a rather obscure joint venture between Chinese and Thai investors which want to fly between Thailand and China. They are no information about the airline on the carrier’s website beside the fact that it will offer a “punctual, simple and secure travel experience”. The aircraft used will be Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Both carriers could also eventually serve domestic routes.
Both carriers come on a saturated market with many airlines struggling to make a profit, from national carrier Thai Airways International to low-cost airline Nok Air. Airlines currently suffer from intense competition on domestic and regional routes out of Thailand as well as the high Baht exchange rate which is depressing tourism activities in the Kingdom.