Thai AirAsia Adds Nine Domestic Routes This Month

Travelers will be able to fly nonstop between Chiang Mai and Hua Hin come the 15th.

A bird’s-eye view of the coastline in Krabi, Thailand. (Photo: Shawn Ang/Unsplash)

As Covid-19 vaccinations ramp up in Thailand and case numbers steadily fall, the country’s biggest low-cost carrier has expanded its schedules for passenger services from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to destinations around the kingdom. Thai AirAsia has just resumed regular flights to Krabi, Loei, Nan, Phitsanulok, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, and Trang, while the company is planning to launch a brand-new Hua Hin–Chiang Mai route on October 15, billed as the first direct service connecting the two cities. Scheduled flights between Phuket and Chiang Mai will then restart the very next day. These are in addition to the 11 routes brought back into operation in September, bringing AirAsia’s total in Thailand to 20. The airline says it will increase frequencies on high-demand routes to help drive domestic tourism and support the country’s economic recovery.

Thai AirAsia CEO Santisuk Klongchaiya said in a statement, “We saw an encouraging response across all of our routes in September, achieving a load factor average of 75–80 percent that went up to 90–95 percent over the weekends especially for flights to and from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Hat Yai. With our guests now getting more familiar with the different travel requirements of each province, we believe tourism industry operators will begin to see a stronger recovery during the final quarter of this year.”

Santisuk added that 100 percent of AirAsia staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and air crews also undergo coronavirus screenings on a regular basis. As part of its Covid-19 mitigation plan, AirAsia encourages all customers to check-in via the airasia Super App, which also allows for contactless embarkation with an e-Boarding Pass.

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