Kan Air seeks to become a major carrier in the region
Kan Air are not just planning to lay on a few flights between Koh Phangan and Bangkok; rather they hope to become a major carrier in the Samui Archipelago. Currently the only major carrier is Bangkok Airways. It runs flights from Koh Samui airport to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket as well as international destinations. Until a few years ago Bangkok Airways had a monopoly on Koh Samui Airport.
Now a few other carriers can use Koh Samui Airport. For the consumer this is great because Bangkok Airways that styles itself as a ‘boutique airline’ over-charges by about 30% for its flights.
For years people wanting to get to Koh Phangan quickly had to take an early flight to Koh Samui and then spend another 500 Thai Baht and hour getting from the airport to Big Buddha or Maenam ferry port and then taking a ferry to Thongsala, Haad Rin or Thong Nai Pan.
The new airport situated between Than Sadet and Thong Nai Pan in Koh Phangan intends to eventually establish a full schedule of flights to Koh Tao, Koh Samui as well as Bangkok.
Koh Phangan has frequently more than 30,000 visitors during Full Moon Parties and peak seasons. This is a massive market for flights. People often want to go to the Full Moon Party or a hotel in Thong Nai Pan for a short stay or a last-minute break. Having a convenient airport will be a good plus for Koh Phangan, and will draw in more tourists.
This will of course give Kan Air the financial ability to improve services and the number of scheduled flights.