Nok Air has solidified its intentions to extend its footprint into China with the planned debut of scheduled flights to Kunming and Guangzhou. China will drive the SET-listed budget airline’s accelerated international network expansion, expected to provide an impetus for future growth. While the airline is still finalising the launch dates, timetables and fare structures for its Kunming and Guangzhou services, Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin told the Bangkok Post that flights are due to commence in December. China will become the third foreign country in Nok Air’s international network to be served from the carrier’s Don Mueang airport hub, after Myanmar (Yangon) and Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). “China is clearly a very big market with significant traffic flow,” Mr Patee said.