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
“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
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.