Lufthansa may add more Bangkok flights

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Lufthansa is not ruling out increasing its Bangkok services to twice daily after increasing weekly flights by three to ten earlier this month, as traffic is strong throughout the year.

Full flights are causing Star Alliance carrier Lufthansa to consider adding another four services per week, possibly in two years. “We are reviewing to further increase flights in the future,” says the carrier’s Thailand general manager, Hagen Kilich.

Lufthansa has little trouble filling seats on its Boeing 747-400s plying the route from Frankfurt, he says, as demand is strong year-round, despite Thailand traditionally having low and high tourist seasons.

“Our seat factor throughout the year is more than 85% in all classes,” says Kilich.

Last year more than 380,000 Germans travelled to Thailand.

With fewer flights between Europe and Thailand and tourist arrivals growing there is opportunity for airlines to add flights. Last year some European airlines, including Alitalia and LOT Polish Airlines cut 17 weekly flights to Thailand. In addition Garuda Indonesia will cut flights to Europe via Bangkok when it launches its winter schedule in October.

Fellow Star member Thai Airways International is looking to boost flights to Europe including Munich later this year, vice president for sales and industry Veerawat Chotiros said last month.

In February Lufthansa and Thai signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture for flights between Germany and Thailand, under which they will share costs and earnings.

The carriers are due to start implementing the agreement on 1 July, initially on Thai-operated services between Bangkok and Munich and later on flights between Bangkok and Frankfurt, which are operated by both carriers.