Spring Airlines, China’s largest low-cost, no-frills airline, is taking its first big leap into Southeast Asia with daily flights from Shanghai to Bangkok and back debuting Aug 10, with prices starting from as low as RMB399 (single-trip, excludes tax).
With that, the Thai capital has become Spring’s sixth international destination outside of mainland China after Ibaraki (Tokyo), Saga (Fukuoka), Takamatsu, Hong Kong and Macau.
According to the Thai tourism board, over 1.45 million Chinese nationals have visited the kingdom as of Nov 2011. Currently, 4,000 tourists depart daily from China to Thailand, up 64.06% year-on-year from 2010.
The Shanghai-based carrier plans to launch its IPO later this year to fund fleet expansion.