Thai AirAsia to Resume Domestic Flights

Friday will mark the end of a month-long “hibernation period” that was imposed to help stem a nationwide coronavirus surge.

A Thai AirAsia Airbus A320neo at Don Mueang. (Photo: Jaruphat/Wikimedia Commons)

Following an announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand allowing the operation of regulated flights, Thai AirAsia now plans to return to the skies on September 3. The budget carrier will reinstate scheduled services on 11 domestic routes from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north, Hat Yai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, and Phuket in the southern provinces, as well as five destinations in Isan: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.

For a limited time only, Thai AirAsia is offering a 30 percent discount on all seats for all flights, including those operated on weekends and public holidays, to celebrate the resumption of its domestic operations. The sale will be available through September 5 for travel until December 31, 2021, and all bookings come with unlimited free flight changes.

As part of the enhanced health and safety measures mandated by the Thai government, passenger capacity for each aircraft will be capped at 75 percent, onboard food and beverage consumption is not permitted for the time being, and no more than 50 passengers will be allowed to board transfer buses at any one time, to help maintain social distancing and limit physical contact during the embarkation or disembarkation process.

From September, customers will be required to fulfill the travel conditions of their destination provinces, while carrying documents showing they have completed their vaccination regimen and/or tested negative for Covid-19 in a PCR or rapid antigen test. International visitors participating in the sandbox programs in Phuket and Koh Samui will be exempt from some local requirements. Passengers must also declare their essential travel information via the soon-to-come website prior to departure.

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