Now the country's largest privately owned carrier will wait to see what happens with oil prices, reports the Bangkok Post.
''Within this year we should have a fairer idea on the trend of fuel prices and make decisions [on new routes] accordingly,'' said Bangkok Airways vice-president Komkrich Sriyabhandha.
Scheduled flights from Samui to
Bangkok Airways has two regional routes out of the resort island, Hong Kong and
Komkrich said passenger traffic through Samui this year was expected to remain at last year's level of 1.35 million people because of sluggish tourist flows. But the carrier intends to ramp up its services through Samui to 34 flights a day next month to meet peak-season demand.
Environmental restrictions, however, limit flights to 36 a day.
Following an expansion, the Koh Samui airport is capable of handling six million passengers a year, four times more than previously.