Thai AirAsia opens Chiang Rai base

Thai AirAsia’s Chiang Rai base opening

Thai AirAsia, Chiang Rai

There were launch celebrations at Chaing Rai on 30 January as Thai AirAsia based its first aircraft at the airport and launched four new routes. Pictured here at the new base opening were: Marnop Wongpraewit, Chiang Rai Station Manager, Thai AirAsia (fourth from left); Witchunee Kuntapeng, Director of Ground Operations, Thai AirAsia; Paskorn Boonyalug, Vice Governor, Chiang Rai; Titiporn Manenate, Executive Director of East Asia Region, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Karuna Dechatiwong, Director Chiang Rai Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand.

  • Thai AirAsia opened its seventh base at Chiang Rai (CEI) on 30 January. The LCC has based one A320 at the airport and subsequently opened four new routes. Witchunee Kuntapeng, Director of Ground Operations, Thai AirAsia, said: “Chiang Rai has great potential to be one of the top tourism destinations in Thailand, with its unique Lanna culture and hill tribe way of life recently gaining global attention. We believe it is a great time to promote Chiang Rai to travellers and are pleased to see that our four new routes between Chiang Rai and Phuket (HKT), Macau (MFM), Singapore (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) have been well received. We’d like to thank the local community for their wonderful support.” The average sector length across the four new routes is 1,702 kilometres. Thai AirAsia now operates six routes from Chiang Rai in total. The LCC was already operating links to Chiang Rai from Bangkok Don Mueang and Hat Yai, before opening its base. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
30-Jan Chiang Rai (CEI) Macau (MFM) A320 (3)  
31-Jan Kuala Lumpur (KUL) A320 (4)  
Singapore (SIN) A320 (3)  
01-Feb Phuket (HKT) A320 (3) Thai VietJet Air (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 February 2019. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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