Thai AirAsia’s new routes from Bangkok to Chongqing and Chennai were celebrated by Guan Mu, Chinese Ambassador to Thailand; Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO Thai AirAsia; and Anil Wadhwa, Indian Ambassador to Thailand. The low-cost airline’s CEO highlighted China and India’s economic and population growth as reasons for making them interesting markets.
- Thai AirAsia has added two more destinations from its Bangkok (BKK) base. Chennai (MAA) will be served with five weekly flights, while Chongqing (CKG) will get daily flights. Chennai is already served daily by Thai Airways, but Chongqing is a new route from the Thai capital. Thai AirAsia will now serve 31 destinations non-stop from Bangkok this summer, including four others in China (Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and Xiamen) and one other in India (Kolkata). Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO Thai AirAsia, commented: “Both India and China’s economic markets are expanding at exponential rates. Apart from their population and status as rising economic powers, both economic gateways have a very bright future ahead. By linking Bangkok to a new and unique destination such as Chongqing, we are hoping to stimulate investment between the two cities while bringing new exciting travel experiences to the people of both places. It was a bold move to make, but that is part of our idea about leadership.” He continued: “On the other hand, Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is another cultural hub in India which has a good blend of modernity and tradition. As a Gateway of South India, Chennai is the second largest exporter of IT in India. We also hope that this new route will open up business gateways for Indian business people who are interested in investing in Thailand.”