Founder of first Thai LCC passes away

Udom Tantiprasongchai, founder of One-Two-Go, the first low-cost airline in Thailand, has passed away on January 16.

He was 66 years old.

Udom Tantiprasongchai passes on at age 66; Image:

Udom is recognised as the first-mover in the Kingdom’s low-cost carrier (LCC) business, ahead of Thai AirAsia and Nok Air, the latter being the sister budget airline of Thai Airways International.

After gaining aviation business experience through Cambodia International Airlines and a joint venture with Air Philippines, Udom founded Orient Express Air in 1995. The airline was later renamed to Orient Thai Airlines.

In 2012, he birthed One-Two-Go.

Udom’s airline businesses hit a snag years later, with Orient Thai having its licence revoked in 2018 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand due to debt issues, and a One-Two-Go air crash that led to financial problems.

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