2013-06-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — From 11 June, British Airways’ customers will be able to fly to the popular Thai holiday hotspots of Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai thanks to a new agreement between the airline and Bangkok Airways.
The codeshare arrangement between the two airlines means that British Airways’ customers will be able to book flights, via Bangkok, to these tourist destinations in one seamless transaction on ba.com. There will also be a codeshare service with Bangkok Airways from Singapore to Koh Samui.
British Airways flies daily to Bangkok and twice daily to Singapore. The Bangkok service will be moving from Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 from October. Terminal 5 has recently been awarded “best in the world” status by Skytrax.
Bangkok Airways was originally founded as an air taxi service in the 1960s and it has now grown to serve a network of 20 destinations with a fleet of 22 aircraft.
Steve Ronald, British Airways’ head of alliances, said: “The beautiful beaches of Thailand will be more accessible to European tourists now that we have teamed up with Bangkok Airways. The move of our Bangkok service to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will also serve to streamline connections between Europe and the Far East.”
Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airways senior vice president network management said: “This new partnership will offer smooth transit for passengers travelling from long-haul routes with British Airways to Bangkok and Singapore for their onward journey to Thailand’s key destinations namely Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai. We believe this partnership will offer a unique advantage for British Airways’ customers who will enjoy our unparalleled services which include free lounge access, in-flight meals and more. I am confident that this will also strengthen Bangkok Airways’ extensive codeshare scheme as well as boosting tourism in Thailand and Asia.”