Thailand's largest private carrier Bangkok Airways has said it would resume flights to the Maldives that were suspended following the 2004 tsunami, as well as open a new route to Japan.
The airline will start the twice-weekly flights from Bangkok to the Maldives in November, and launch three flights per week from the Thai capital to Fukuoka, Japan's major southern city, in December, a company spokeswoman said.
"We used to fly from Bangkok to the Maldives but stopped after the tsunami. Now we will resume the service due to potential demand from Chinese, South Korean and Japanese tourists," Nandhika Varavan said.
Bangkok Airways also plans to start flights from Bangkok to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City in March 2007, she said.
The self-proclaimed "boutique airline" flies to top tourist destinations around Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Singapore.
Bangkok Airways will move its operations next week from the existing Don Muang airport to Bangkok's new international airport, which is set to open on September 28.