Nok Air to start flights between Korat and three tourist destinations


Nok Air to start flights between Korat and three tourist destinations

Nakhon Ratchasima Airport (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has authorized Nok Air to operate domestic flights from this northeastern province to three major tourist destinations, starting from the second quarter of this year.

Nok Air’s application to operate more domestic flights to and from Nakhon Ratchasima Airport was submitted to CAAT in November last year.

Following CAAT approval on Jan. 21, the no-frills airline will begin round-trip flights from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, with seven flights a week to each destination.

The airline is expected to use an 86-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop on these routes.

Located in Tambon Tha Chang, Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Nakhon Ratchasima Airport was opened in 1997 under the administration of Chatchai Chunhawan.

Many airlines, such as Air Andman, Thai AirAsia, Happy Hair, Thai Regional Airlines and Kan Air, had offered flights to the airport but had to halt due to low passenger numbers. It was about 290 kilometers from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Nakhon Ratchasima Airport served as the Royal Thai Air Force base in Korat during the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1976. It housed air force units from Thailand, New Zealand and the United States.

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