Bangkok Airways and Air India sign interline agreement

Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and Air India have recently inked an interline partnership agreement. 

This partnership will allow Air India to carry passengers via Air India’s Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore routes to and from 10 destinations within Thailand, and also to Laos, and Cambodia with the Bangkok Airways route network. 

Air India Interline Agreement


The interline agreement between Air India and Bangkok Airways includes IATCI (Inter Airline Through Check-In) integration, which allows passengers to receive their ticket at the first point of their departure origin. 

This means passengers can check-in baggage to their final destinations regardless of their departure city. The new special agreement allows both airlines to file ‘through fares’ on routes covering each other’s network. 

Bangkok Airways Vice President of Network and Product Development Mr. Chulin Kocharoen stated:  “Air India is a leading global airline with a major presence in India and across the world.”

“We are pleased to enter an interline partnership with Air India to strengthen our respective route networks and offer business and leisure travelers unprecedented and convenient access to new gateways.”

“Moreover, Air India passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways flights will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access at available airports, in-flight meals, and much more.”

Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer, Air India, Nipun Aggarwal commented, “One of our strategic priorities at Air India is to offer our guests the choice of flying to more places through our own as well as an augmented global network. We are happy to join hands with Bangkok Airways as part of that effort to provide our guests greater connectivity within Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia.”

Interline Agreement A Win


An Air India Express Boeing 737 on the taxiway.
Sean d’Silva (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

This new round of agreement will allow passengers of Air India to connect through Thailand with Bangkok Airways. 

Destinations that Air India passengers can connect through in Bangkok include Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trat, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi. The points outside of Thailand include Luang Prabang in Laos, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap in Cambodia. 

This is a big win for Indian holiday goers and the Thai economy. Thailand sits in a sweet spot for many Indian tourists and this new agreement, then will seamlessly bring Indian tourists to Thailand beyond Bangkok. 

Moreover, Air India guests can fly to Bangkok Airways most famed destination to Koh Samui, via  Singapore and Hong Kong. To say the least, Air India’s footprint is already large in Thailand. 

Agreement with Singapore Airlines


Bangkok Airways (BA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) also announced a new partnership, which will allow passengers to connect between Singapore and destinations in Thailand (including secondary cities)

Passengers living in secondary cities in Thailand can also travel to destinations in Oceania and throughout Southeast Asia seamlessly. 

Singapore Airlines got the gold in the Thai market, as they fly numerous times to Bangkok and Phuket. Passengers can connect to secondary destinations within Thailand through Bangkok Airways. 

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