Strong tourism and economic growth in Asia helped lifting Bangkok Airways results in 2016. The last year carrier carried 5.6 million passengers, up by 9.5% over 2015 while its net profit reached US$52 million. And according to Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways President, perspectives look excellent for 2017. The carrier projects a growth in passengers of over 12% while the airline load factor could reach 72%: three percentage points higher than in 2016.
The airline will add five Airbus A319 and ATR72s to its fleet and further grow its network from its three main hubs of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Samui and Chiang Mai. According to Prasarttong-Osoth, new non-stop services should this year start from Chiang Mai to Vientiane (Lao PDR) and to Bagan (Myanmar) while Bangkok will be linked to Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) and Phu Quoc (Vietnam). In January, the airline also launched a route between Samui and Guangzhou (China.) Bangkok Airways has agreements and codeshare with 22 airlines around the world.