The northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is welcoming more direct regional flights. Low-cost carrier (LCC) Thai AirAsia launched a new daily direct Chiang Mai-Hong Kong service this week, and announced a plan to launch a Chiang Mai-Hangzhou (China) flight next month.
Low Cost Airlines have doubled traffic in Thailand since 2009
LCCs have expanded over the last decade from essentially zero to penetrating almost 30% of Thailand’s total market. LCCs in 2012 accounted for 51% of domestic seat capacity in Thailand and 16% of international seat capacit
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand increased 140 per cent in this year’s first quarter year-on-year as a result of the availability of more flight routes, according to Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Tassapol Bijleveld.
Thai AirAsia will launch more new routes to welcome the formation of Asean Economic Cooperation (AEC) in 2015. Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tassapon Bijleveld said on Monday that the airline is trying to cover all routes which are not under aviation patents.