Welcoming passengers at Chiang Mai Airport on Thai AirAsia's first flight from Hong Kong were: Wing Commander Lukchai Chaleoyprach, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport (third from right); Mrs. Pitsinee Tastniyom, Assistant Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office (centre); and Squadron Leader Monthanik Rakngam, Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport (third from left). The airline's daily flights will compete with Dragonair and Hong Kong Express Airways services, which also operate daily.
- Thai AirAsia chose 7 January as the launch day for its third route to Hong Kong (HKG). On that day, daily flights began on the 1,635-kilometre route from Chiang Mai (CNX) using the airline’s A320s. Competition on the route comes from Dragonair and Hong Kong Express Airways, who both operate the route daily. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said: “This day marks another milestone for us as we were very determined to offer more connectivity from Thailand to our popular international destinations such as Hong Kong. Chiang Mai residents will now be able to conveniently access this exciting destination in just two and a half hours with our low fares”. Thai AirAsia also offers flights to Hong Kong from Bangkok Don Mueang (thrice-daily) and Phuket (daily). From Chiang Mai Thai AirAsia now offers 19 flights per day across six destinations, dominated by its 12 times daily flights to Bangkok Don Mueang.