UPS EXPANDS SERVICE TO THAILAND
United Parcel Service said Wednesday it will significantly expand direct air services to Thailand, starting Monday.
UPS will begin flying six times a week to Bangkok, linking Thailand to Taipei, its main Asian hub. UPS has been flying one of its own aircraft to Bangkok once a week.
The U.S.-based express carrier holds air rights for up to six flights a week into Thailand, and has been developing its business to key Asian markets.
UPS had originally planned to add the flights next April, but was told by the U.S. Department of Transportation that it would have to begin using its air rights immediately.
“We can, and will, accelerate our operating plan in order to maintain our ability to serve this important market,” said Bob Lekites, vice president of airline operations for UPS.
The company also operates daily flights to 11 other Asian cities. It's first-half 2000 volume in the Asia Pacific region increased 15 percent over the year-earlier period.