Thai AirAsia plans Indian double

Thai AirAsia celebrates the launch of the two new routes
Thai AirAsia celebrates the launch of the two new routes

Thai AirAsia will significantly boost its Indian network next month with the launch of two new routes.

The Bangkok-based low-cost carrier will kick off its expansion on 28 September 2017 with the start of direct flights to Tiruchirappalli, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Then a day later on 29 September, Thai AirAsia will start flying to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

These will increase the airline’s Indian network by 50% to six destinations, joining its existing services connecting Bangkok with Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Kochi.

“AirAsia plans to continually penetrate the Indian market in the latter half of 2017 as it is a major market with great growth potential,” said Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia. “Indian travellers rank sixth among the most frequent visitors to Thailand… [and] the airline is confident that the two new routes will stimulate tourism for both countries.”

The Bangkok-Tiruchirappalli route will operate four times a week, departing Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport at 2355 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and returning the next morning. The Bangkok-Jaipur sector will also run four times a week, leaving Don Mueang at 2250 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and returning the following morning.

Jaipur is also served by AirAsia India, while AirAsia Malaysia flies to Tiruchirappalli.

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