A bit of rain was not going to dampen the spirits of passengers travelling on Thai AirAsia’s first domestic service between Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. The new 1,067-kilometre route will be served daily with the airline’s A320s.
- Thai AirAsia has added a new domestic link to its network. On 1 November the LCC commenced daily flights between Chiang Mai (CNX) and Surat Thani (URT). The 1,067-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s 180-seat A320s and faces no direct competition. Mr Santisuk Klongchaiya, Director of Commercial for Thai AirAsia, revealed: “The inaugural Chiang Mai-Surat Thani flight served a load factor of over 90 percent. The very welcome figure included both local and foreign passengers with an interest in travelling to Surat Thani and its islands, especially Samui Island, where AirAsia offers its Island Transfer, a shuttle and ferry service that can be booked with just one click at AirAsia.com.” Thai AirAsia now serves 10 destinations non-stop from Chiang Mai (including five outside of Thailand), but this is only the airline’s second route from Surat Thani. The other route is a five times daily service to Bangkok Don Mueang.