Thai Lion Air has added an ATR 72-600 to its fleet and used it to launch regional services from Hat Yai (HDY) to Hua Hin (HHQ) and Surat Thani (URT). Both domestic routes commenced operations on 21 March and will be operated five and three times weekly respectively. Neither route is currently served by any other carrier. Andi Burhan, Executive Managing Director of Thai Lion Air said, “Having the ATR allows us to operate to smaller cities and towns in Thailand and develop a more comprehensive domestic network. In some instances we will be pioneering new routes. We chose Hat Yai to be our second hub, because it is a gateway into southern Thailand and we know that many people want to travel to southern Thailand for business and leisure. There are a lot of popular holiday destinations in southern Thailand.” Additional routes to Medan in Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are scheduled to start in the coming weeks.