From Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Thai AirAsia now serves Macau in China instead of Singapore. In addition to Thai traffic to the Hong Kong region, the aim of the route is to attract further Chinese visitors to Thailand.
- Thai AirAsia changed its international network in Chiang Mai (CNX) in northern Thailand on 22 May when the low-cost airline dropped its only international route from the airport – to Singapore – and instead launched a new daily service to Macau (MFM) with its 180-seat A320s. Thai AirAsia already serves the Chinese destination, which acts as a secondary airport for Hong Kong and southern Mainland China, four times daily from its main base in Bangkok. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said: “As the first and only airline connecting Chiang Mai to Macau, we can expect a significant number of incoming Chinese travellers to northern Thailand. Each year over 1 million Chinese visitors come to Thailand and Chiang Mai is among their top 3 destinations.”