Thai Smile to begin China services, take over services to four destinations

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Thai Smile plans to launch services to China, and also take over the operation of some routes from its parent Thai Airways.

The carrier will start thrice weekly services from Bangkok to Chongqing and Changsha on 27 October. Frequencies to Changsha will also increase to five times weekly on 16 January, says a Thai Airways spokeswoman.

The airline also plans to up its frequencies on the Bangkok-Krabi and Bangkok-Phuket routes from twice to thrice daily on 16 November and 15 December respectively. On 16 January 2014, it will also increase the frequency on its Bangkok-Udon Thani route from thrice to four times daily.

Thai Smile will also take over some services currently operated by Thai Airways.

On 27 October, it will take over two of four daily services on the Bangkok-Hat Yai route, and the twice daily services on the Bangkok-Vientiane route. On 16 January, it will take over a daily Bangkok-Chiang Rai service, raising the frequency it operates on the route to four times daily.

The airline will also gradually take over services on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route from Thai Airways. Innovata schedules show that it now operates once daily on the route, compared to its parent's seven services. It will take over one service on 27 October and 16 November respectively, and an additional two services on 16 February 2014, bringing its total frequency on the route to five times daily.