Thai AirAsia Relaunches Int’l Flights on More ASEAN Routes

Services from Bangkok to Da Nang, Siem Reap, and Johor Bahru are running at least three times a week.

Da Nang’s landmark Dragon Bridge and the Han River seen at dusk. (Photo: Sean Kruger/iStock)

Travelers based in the Thai capital can enjoy direct connections with a handful of secondary cities abroad thanks to the latest service resumptions from low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia. In addition to Vientiane in Laos, the budget carrier now flies from Don Mueang airport to three other regional destinations. Some resumed services saw inaugural flights with load factors nearing 100 percent, signaling strong pent-up demand for regional travel and the economic recovery of ASEAN.

Services between Bangkok and Siem Reap involve a short hop of just over an hour each way. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Flight FD 610 departs Don Mueang at 10:45 a.m. to land in Siem Reap at 11:50 a.m. After a quick turnaround time, Flight FD 611 will leave Cambodia’s second-busiest airport at 12:35 p.m., before reaching Bangkok at 1:40 p.m.

Thai AirAsia’s Da Nang route is operated five times a week, with services scheduled on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The journey time clocks in at one hour 45 minutes, with Flight FD 638 taking off from Bangkok at 3:55 p.m. and touching down in Da Nang at 5:40 p.m. Flight FD 639 then departs Da Nang at 6:10 p.m. to return to Don Mueang at 7:55 p.m.

Johor Bahru–bound passengers are currently flown on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Taking two hours and 15 minutes on its southbound journey, Flight FD 510 leaves Bangkok at noon to touch down in Johor Bahru at 3:15 p.m. local time. Northbound flight FD 511 will then depart Johor’s Senai International Airport at 3:40 p.m. and arrive back in the Thai capital at 5:05 p.m., after two hours and 25 minutes in the air.

In related news, the airline’s medium-haul arm Thai AirAsia X has just returned to service with the launch of passenger flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Seoul Incheon. These are available three times a week, departing every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The carrier claims that load factors are as high as 95 percent, and it plans to bump up the frequency to daily in the near future. Looking ahead, Thai AirAsia X is set to begin flying a six-hour red-eye service from Suvarnabhumi to Tokyo Narita from July 1, 2022.

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