Kan Air

About Kan Air

Kan Airways is a shortened version of the full company title which is Kannithi Aviation Co. Ltd. The company was founded in 2010. The CEO for Kan Air is Mrs. Saychon Sibmong. She is the wife of Mr. Somphong Sooksanguan who is president of Kannithi Group and owner of Kan Air.

The Kannithi Group initially made their money in the debt recovery business but since 2010 has diverted much of its financial attention to the aviation business.

At present Kan Airways serves 8 destinations in the north of Thailand. They are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Mae Sot, Nan, Pai, Phitsanulok, and Khon Kaen. These air routes are served by one Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. All the routes are scheduled except for the Mae Sariang one. The airport lacks infrastructure and so Kan Air is only able to offer chartered flights to and from this airport.

Part of the reason that Kan Air was able to secure the use of a Cessna airplane from America is that the company agreed to make the craft available for emergency medical evacuations from remote areas in the north of Thailand.

The main travel hub for these northern chartered and scheduled flights is Chiang Mai. Kan Air’s head office is located at 100/519 Moo 2, Chaeng-Wattana Rd. Thungsonghong Laksi in Bangkok. The telephone numbers for Kan Air are +66 (0)2-551-6111 and +66 (0)2-576-0844. The email address is center@kanairlines.com. The Kan Air website address is www.kanairlines.com

It is interesting to note that the Laksi area is close to Don Muang Airport. This airport was initially disused when Suvarnabhumi Airport opened. However, in the past couple of years pressure has been put on the government to open the airport again. This has been done and a number of budget carriers such as Air Asia have chosen to move to the old airport.

Kan Air is keen to move from its current travel hub in Chiang Mai to Don Muang in Bangkok. It is not only the capital city but also a more important travel hub with larger volumes of air traffic.

The lynchpin to Kan Air’s plan for the future is to establish itself as a major player in the lucrative flight business between Bangkok and the Samui Archipelago. While Bangkok Airways dominate the Samui to Bangkok route the Phangan to Bangkok is the next best thing. Not only does Koh Phangan attract tens of thousands of visitors a month, it also has a growing high-end in tourism that has long been expecting the establishment of an airport.

Kan Air is going to lease turbo props to run the route between Don Muang and Koh Phangan. It hopes to build on this success and also offer flights between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

It could be only a matter of time before Kan Air posts record profits while Bangkok Airways start to post lower profits. They will potentially lose many customers who are only using Koh Samui as a transfer point to get to Koh Phangan.

Kan Air has announced that Koh Phangan Airport will open in the second half of 2013.