Kan Air Changes Strategy

Kan Air Splits with ThaiViet JetAir and Opens up 4 New Routes

U Tapao International Airport
U Tapao International Airport

Kan Air announced a new strategy this month in the wake of splitting with Thai VietJet Air (TVJA). It plans to focus on building a domestic aviation business. Already it has started 4 new routes from the airport at U-Tapao, in Rayong

Until recently Kan Air was in partnership with TVJA to develop international air routes across South East Asia. Mr Somphong, president of Kannithi Aviation Co, operator of Kan Air, told the Bangkok Post differences in management styles led Kan Air to offloading its 51% shares in the budget carrier which has been plagued with delays in starting up.

This split has led to a change in business strategy for Kan Air. They are now focussing on opening up new air routes in Thailand. As well as using Chiang Mai Airport they are now also using U-Tapao. It is a navy-owned airstrip in Rayong Province.

Now that Kan Air has leased 2 more planes (ATR 72-500 Turbo Props) they are able to operate flights from U-Tapao every other day to Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. They are expecting the flat one way fare to be 990 Thai Baht.

The plan is to ‘think outside the box’. This means offering internal flights that don’t involve the two big airports in Bangkok – Don Mueng and Suvarnabhumi. It is a smart move as much of the domestic flight market goes through these two busy Bangkok airports. Those low-cost carriers that can join up the dots throughout the rest of the country will benefit as the Thai economy grows.

The 2 leased planes were originally thought to be ear-marked for Koh Phangan Airport. They might still be, but until the airport is completed, it makes business sense to maximise revenue from existing assets.

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism/498501/sky-the-limit-for-kan-air

Flights to Hua Hin and Ubon Ratchathani

Two new scheduled flights announced by Kan Air

flight schedules
Kan Air, who are currently building Koh Phangan Airport, have recently added two new services to its growing list of scheduled flights. It is a clear statement of intent by the company that they wish to become a major player in the lucrative internal flight market in Thailand.

The new routes are both from Chiang Mai where the airline is based. One service is to Ubon Ratchathani in Northeast Thailand. This service will be on Friday and Sunday. Flights will leave Chiang Mai at 1350 and arrive at 1520. The reverse leg will leave at 1600 and arrive at 1730.

The other route is between Chiang Mai and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Flights are also on Friday and Sunday. The flight to Hua Hin departs at 0900 and arrives at 1030. The return flight leaves at 1100 and arrives at 1230.

Both routes will be served by the company’s Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1 jet. It can carry 6 passengers. Kan Air announced fares will start at 2,900 Thai Baht inclusive of all taxes for a one-way fare to either Ubon Ratchathani or Hua Hin. Flights will start on August 15th, 2014.

The two new scheduled flights will join existing flights from Chiang Mai to Pai, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phitsanulok and Khon Kaen.

It is hoped that these new routes prove lucrative for Kan Air and that they will give the company the financial boost needed to complete Koh Phangan Airport. The airport is the biggest aviation project the company has so far entered into.