High demand for LCCs in Thailand

Travel News 25 Nov 2016

Low-cost carriers now account for about 44% of total passenger traffic and flight movements at Thailand’s main airports.= Data from Airports of Thailand (AoT), reported by the Bangkok Post, shows that traffic on LCCs at Thailand’s six major state-run airports – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai – surged 20.7% in the first nine months of 2016, to a total of 40.5 million passengers.

The growth of international LCC traffic (+34.6% to 14.5m) outpaced domestic LCC traffic (+14.2% to 26.0m) in Thailand in the January-September 2016 period.

The top four airports in terms of LCC passenger volumes were the main LCC hub, Don Mueang (+19.9% to 24.3m), followed by Phuket (+33.6% to 4.8m), Chiang Mai (+17.6% to 4.3m) and Suvarnabhumi (+25.0% to 3.5m).

Including all airlines, the six Thai airports handled 91m passengers in the nine-month period, up 12.5% year-on-year.