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Better air access to Koh Samui expected to be a boon for hotels and property

By on Mar 04, 2015 in Hotel-Tourism, Property News

six-senses-koh-samui-best-thailand-hotelsKOH SAMUI’S tourism and property sector is set to improve after the Civil Aviation Department recently granted approval for Samui Airport to increase its capacity from 36 to 50 flights per day. There are currently five airlines offering direct flights to Samui from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, George Town, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kunming. These include Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Firefly, Silkair and Lucky Air.

Lucky Air is the latest airline flying to Samui, launching three flights per week from Kunming in southern China’s Yunnan province. These flights commenced last August. At the time of writing there are approximately 38 flights to and from Samui per day. AirAsia have also launched an all-in-one service with flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport on the mainland and then a connecting ferry to Koh Samui.

While Bangkok hotels saw a dip in the average occupancy rate from 74.3 per cent in 2013 to 57.8 per cent last year, occupancies of hotels on Koh Samui remained relatively stable, averaging above 70 per cent.

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