THAI Airways International (THAI) will increase the frequency of its direct four-weekly flights between Bangkok and Los Angeles to a daily flight from July 1.
THAI executive vice-president for commercial, Mr Pandit Chanapai, said the flight was to meet the healthy demand on the route.
According to Mr Pandit, THAI operates the Bangkok-Angeles flight at around 80 per cent load factor and expects to enjoy a similar load factor after the frequency has been increased.
However, he said the airline expected an impact from the influenza A(H1N1) virus on the Bangkok-Los Angeles service. “The system is activated, but we are closely monitoring the bookings. If it’s below our expectation, the increased service may be delayed.”
Meanwhile, the airline will commence the new direct five-weekly flight between Bangkok and Oslo from June 15. Bookings have been coming in and the airline expects to run an 80 per cent load factor from October, Mr Pandit said.