SilkAir to launch Singapore-Koh Samui service

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Singapore Airlines' (SIA) regional affiliate SilkAir is planning to launch flights between Singapore and Koh Samui in Thailand from 27 September this year.

The carrier will operate the route thrice weekly using an Airbus A319 aircraft.

Bangkok Airways will place its code on SilkAir's Singapore-Koh Samui flights. In return, SilkAir will be the codeshare partner on Bangkok Airways' daily evening services between Singapore and Koh Samui.

Bangkok Airways currently operates the route as a daily direct service using an A319 aircraft.

"By having a codeshare arrangement on the Singapore-Koh Samui route, it actually allows us to drive more traffic into Koh Samui," said Peter Wiesner, senior vice president for network management, Bangkok Airways.

"We are planning [to capture] traffic from Singapore as well as through traffic from long-haul routes connecting from a major aviation hub like Singapore's Changi Airport," Wiesner added.

Bangkok Airways is also a codeshare partner on SilkAir's Singapore-Chiang Mai and Singapore-Phuket routes.

SilkAir will place its code on Bangkok Airways' Bangkok-Samui, Samui-Phuket and Chiang Mai-Samui routes.