AirAsia launched a new domestic Thai route on 1 November 2014, connecting the northern city of Chiang Mai with Surat Thani, gateway to the southern island of Koh Samui.
Flights will now operate daily using a 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, and passengers will be able to buy tickets to Samui, and other islands such as Koh Phangan, using AirAsia’s Island Transfer service. The low-cost carrier reported that the inaugural flight was 90% full.
“Over the past two years, AirAsia has been continually adding regionally connecting flights with an aim to create a network, especially between the north and south,” said Santisuk Klongchaiya, Thai AirAsia’s director of commercial.
“The inaugural Chiang Mai-Surat Thani flight served a load factor of over 90%. The very welcome figure included both local and foreign passengers with an interest in travelling Surat Thani and its islands, especially Samui.
“Our bookings until the end of the year remain high and we believe Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and their neighbouring provinces will be vibrant this holiday season” Santisuk added.
The new service adds to Thai AirAsia’s existing 12 daily flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and five from Bangkok to Surat Thani.