Dhaka: AirAsia has launched a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Rai, its seventh and newest hub in Thailand, to further strengthened Malaysia-Thailand connectivity.
AirAsia Thailand, which will base an Airbus A320ceo at Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang International Airport, will also operate new services to Phuket, Singapore and Macau, providing a massive boost to the local tourism and business communities.
AirAsia now operates a total of six routes to and from the capital of Thailand’s northernmost province, including existing services from Bangkok Don Mueang and Hat Yai.
Witchunee Kuntapeng, Director, Ground Operations, AirAsia Thailand, said, “The opening of our new hub in Chiang Rai is much like building a new home. We will station an Airbus A320ceo in Chiang Rai alongside the appointment of a number of new staff, many of whom come from the local area.”
“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, Macau, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have been well received. We’d like to thank the local community for their wonderful support,” he added.
A welcoming ceremony, led by Paskorn Boonyalug, Vice Governor, Chiang Rai; Titiporn Manenate, Executive Director for the East Asia Region, Tourism Authority of Thailand and local travel agents, was held at the new hub for each of AirAsia’s four inaugural flights from Phuket, Macau, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur between 30 January and 1 February 2019.
The flight from Kuala Lumpur saw a load factor of 85 per cent, proving the airline’s efforts to promote Chiang Rai as a leading destination for overseas visitors was off to a great start.