SilkAir, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, have started a flight service between Singapore and Koh Samui. The service started on September 27th. The flights are three times a week: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
This news is great for Malaysians wishing to get away for holiday breaks in Thailand. The new service will also benefit those travelers who wish to move east after their stay in Koh Samui.
This new SilkAir service also refelcts a growing change in demographics of visitors to Koh Samui and the Gulf of Thailand. Every year the traditional dominance of European visitors is being altered. Not only are more people from South East Asia visiting Koh Samui but also Chinese and Russians. It is noticeable how many reviews of hotels, notices and other written media is now in the Russian language. Property Developers and others in Koh Samui have been quick to pay attention to this trend.
Finally, the SilkAir service three times a week represents a gowing liberalisation of Samui Airport. For too long the airport was exclusively used by Bangkok Airways who could thus charge 30% more than other carriers for similar journeys. It can only be hoped that more carriers set up scheduled flights to and from Samui Airport. The competition will drive down prices and lead to benefits for tourists and the tourist trade in Koh Samui.