BANGKOK (September 7): AirAsia Thailand recorded a high occupancy rate following the government’s announcement to ease travel restrictions from September 1, 2021.
In a statement released today, AirAsia Thailand Managing Director Santisuk Klongchaiya said the airline has resumed 11 routes as part of its phased return to domestic service on September 3, 2021, supported by improvements to domestic service. health and safety.
He said the carrier was flying direct from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hatyai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom and Roi Et since September 3. , and direct flights to Phuket on September 8th.
“We have seen a positive response in the first three days after re-commissioning, especially for popular destinations such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hatyai, which achieved 90% fill rates.
“We expect demand to continue on a good dynamic and these are encouraging signs for the aviation and tourism industry,” he said.
In an effort to help boost economic activity, Thailand has cleared the resumption of domestic flights to and from Bangkok and other areas at high risk for Covid-19.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said local fights can fly up to 75% of capacity and passengers will need to meet travel conditions at destination, including showing proof vaccination and negative test results for Covid-19.
When service resumed on September 3, AirAsia Thailand observed that its direct flights from Don Mueang International Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hatyai were the three most booked and traveled routes, with an average of 80 % of seats reserved between September 3. until 15 2021.
“In anticipation of higher demand, AirAsia Thailand plans to increase the frequency of flights to these destinations, with additional direct flights and regional connections, especially for the holiday season.
“The airline is monitoring the situation closely and is still committed to playing an active and positive role in the recovery of the domestic market by adding more routes and increasing the frequency of flights in time for the peak season in the fourth quarter,” he added. noted.
The airline believes that a steady decline in the number of Covid-19 infections and wider vaccination rates across the kingdom are key catalysts for the resumption of air travel.
“To further stimulate demand, the airline is running promotions and campaigns to provide passengers with the best value for money and flexible travel deals,” he said.