Celebrating Thai AirAsia’s first service from Bangkok Don Mueang to Luang Prabang in Laos are (from 4th from left to 13th from left): Mr. Bounkeuth Phialoryang, Director of Immigration, Luang Prabang International Airport; Mr. Vongdavone Vongxayyaratrh, Director of Promotion and Marketing Division/Department of Information, Culture and Tourism in Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR; Ms. Soudaphone Khomthavong, Deputy Director (In charge of Tourism) Department of Information, Culture and Tourism in Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR; Mr. Bonnphan Vilaytan, Airport Director, Luang Prabang International Airport; Mr. Inthanousorn Sisanonh, Deputy Director General, Department of Civil Aviation; Mr. Noppadon Theppitak, Thai Ambassador to Vientiane; ML Bovornovadep Devakula, Director of Business Development, Thai AirAsia; Mr. Preechaya Rasametanin, Executive Vice President, Thai AirAsia; and Ms. Witchunee Kuntapeng, Head of Ground Operations.
Thai AirAsia’s inaugural flight FD421 from Chiang Rai to Hat Yai and FD511 from Johor Bahru to Hat Yai landed in Hat Yai International Airport on 1 April. The special occasion was honoured by: Ms. Supak Poungwara, Director of Marketing Department, Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT); Mr. Chuwit Punnern, Deputy Director, Hat Yai Airport; Ms. Maneenuch Thongnounlert, AirAsia Station Head for Hat Yai Airport; and Mr. Panu Woramit, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Hat Yai Office.
- Thai AirAsia launched three new routes at the start of the summer season, all operated daily using the LCC’s A320s and none facing any competition. On 24 March it began linking Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Luang Prabang (LPQ) in Laos. This summer Thai AirAsia will serve 46 destinations non-stop from Bangkok Don Mueang, up from 42 last summer. On 1 April the carrier launched two routes from its new base at Hat Yai (HDY), an international route to Johor Bahru (JHB) in Malaysia and a domestic route to Chiang Rai (CEI). This brings to five the number of destinations served by Thai AirAsia from Hat Yai. At 1,448-kilometres the new domestic route is actually the longest of the three new routes started.