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Thursday, 20 December, 2018, 12 : 30 PM [IST]

Intend is to get into daily operations to India when traffic rights permits: NokScoot

NokScoot will offer low-cost model with great value proposition on Delhi-Bangkok route
Toh Giam Ming, Deputy CEO of Thailand-based international low-cost carrier, NokScoot Airlines, which has commenced Delhi–Bangkok operations with four frequencies a week from yesterday, has said that the airline would try and get into a daily schedule as soon as the traffic rights situation improves as per the air service agreements between the two countries. He said that they have been waiting for permissions to commence operations for almost two years. “We came into India as quickly as we could,” he said, explaining the “great effort” that went behind obtaining permissions. According to him, they have not been able to get permissions despite the two countries deciding to exchange additional 6,150 seats last December as Indian carriers haven’t used up 80% of the seat capacities.

“From the 6,150 seats exchanged, we have got 1,660 seats which give us the entitlement to operate only four frequencies per week,” he said while speaking to TravelBiz Monitor during an event organised to announce their India operations. “Air traffic rights in India are tightly controlled,” he added.

Talking about the opportunities NokScoot is looking at in the already crowded Delhi – Bangkok route. Ming said that NokScoot will be offering “low-cost model with lot of choice”. “We are offering a low-cost model with a wide-bodied aircraft experience,” he informed. The airline will offer choice as far as the additional services they want to avail over and above the basic fare. While FLY Basic fare will offer basic seat, customers can opt for FLY Bag or FLY Bag + Eat choices paying an additional cost. Even customers can select seats with extra leg space by paying extra. “We are bringing a different value proposition to customers. It’s big aircraft with 415 seats,” he added.

Ming to Ming Thailand is most sought-after destination in the world, and Bangkok is the most popular city. The inbound traffic from India to Thailand has been growing consistently at double digit, he added.

When asked about the industry scenario, Ming said while the Indian aviation market is growing at a fast pace riding on the economic growth of the country, slot constraints are “holding back” the actual growth potential.  He said that India is still an “under-served” market when it comes to international connectivity, he said. Even within South East Asia, India has direct connectivity with Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The same is true with many countries in the West, he said.
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