Thai AirAsia to Resume Flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport

The move comes as travel restrictions on foreign tourists ease ahead of the year-end holiday season.

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This November, Thai AirAsia will restart its regular passenger operations at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, with flights to Chiang Mai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, and Phuket taking off once more on the 1st, and those to Chiang Rai and Krabi scheduled to begin from the 19th. In the coming weeks, the low-cost carrier will operate 60 flights a day on 36 routes to 23 destinations. Customers will be able to book seats under a flexible policy allowing for unlimited changes to their travel dates for free.

Thai AirAsia’s CEO, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said in a statement that the decision was driven by domestic tourism campaigns and the upcoming border reopening on November 1, along with continual growth in travel demand and passenger bookings over the past two months. “These developments have prompted the airline to resume more routes and further increase flight frequencies in time for the peak travel season during the final quarter of the year,” he explained. “We are confident that the period of recovery is dawning for the aviation and tourism industries as there is much pent-up demand for air travel which has been building for a long time now.”

As the vaccine rollout gathers pace, Thailand’s civil aviation authority will progressively scale back restrictions on passenger occupancy rates for commercial aircraft, with the maximum capacity level set to rise from 75 percent to 85 percent by December 2021, before returning to 100 percent in January 2022.

In related news, AirAsia Malaysia says it will relaunch flights between Kuala Lumpur and Phuket on November 5, with services running four times a week. This follows the recent announcement that Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox scheme is now open to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries.

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