Bangkok Airways to serve Macau through Druk Air wet-lease

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Thai carrier Bangkok Airways is to wet-lease an Airbus A319 from Bhutan’s Druk Air for one year to enable it to launch services to Macau.

Druk Air managing director Sangey Tenzing told ATI in a recent interview that a deal was being negotiated covering a one-year wet-lease during overnight hours of an A319 to Bangkok Airways. A Bangkok Airways spokesman confirms this and says the agreement should take effect from around the end of this month.

Bangkok Airways has wet-leased aircraft from Druk Air in the past. The spokesman says the A319 is expected to be used for overnight round-trip flights between Bangkok and Macau, although he is not able to say when the new route will be launched. It will probably be used initially for services to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, he adds.

Druk Air has two A319s and it typically leaves one parked overnight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Sangey Tenzing says Druk will be able to maintain its normal flight schedule even with the Bangkok Airways wet-lease as the aircraft will return to Bangkok from Macau early each morning in time for its regular departure for the airline’s Paro base.