AirAsia has announced plans to expand its operations from Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand.
On 1 April 2016, the airline will add two new routes from Hat Yai, connecting to the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru and the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai. These will add to the airline’s existing routes linking the southern Thai city to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Kuala Lumpur.
“AirAsia launched its first flight out of Hat Yai 12 years ago and today operates a variety of routes,” said Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia. “All of the routes have seen steady growth, which gives the airline an incentive to add even more connectivity. We are confident the new flights will be as well received as their predecessors as Hat Yai is a one-of-a-kind city for both tourism and investment.”
The Johor flights will depart Hat Yai daily at 1125 and arrive in Malaysia at 1400. The return flights will then leave at 1430 and arrive back in Hat Yai at 1510.
The Chiang Rai services will also operate daily, departing Hat Yai at 0600 and arriving in Chiang Rai at 0815. The return flight will then lave at 0845 and arrive back in Hat Yai at 1035. This will be the longest domestic flight in Thailand.
Both routes have now opened for bookings.