Chiang Rai has locked in its place as AirAsia’s new northern Thailand hub with the launch of its latest route. Malaysia-Thailand connectivity has expanded following the launch of a new route from Kuala Lumpur to the city, its seventh and newest hub in Thailand.
AirAsia Thailand will base an Airbus A320ceo at Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang International Airport to operate new services to Phuket, Singapore and Macau. These will provide a 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. These include existing services from Bangkok Don Mueang and Hat Yai. The period between 30th January and 1st February 2019 saw four inaugural AirAsia flights fly in from Phuket, Macau, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Northern Thailand growth opportunities
Apart from new jobs for locals at the expanded airport, the local communities will benefit from increased tourism opportunities.
……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 travelers 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. Witchunee Kuntapeng, AirAsia Thailand Director of Ground Operations
|Route||Flight No||Departure||Arrival||Days of service|
|Chiang Rai – Phuket||FD 680||14:45 (2.45pm)||16:50 (4.50pm)||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Phuket – Chiang Rai||FD 681||17:20 (5.20pm)||19:30 (7.30pm)||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Chiang Rai – Macau||FD 290||08:15 (8.15am)||11:35 (11.35am)||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Macau – Chiang Rai||FD 291||12:05 (12.05pm)||14:05 (2.05pm)||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Chiang Rai – Singapore||FD 926||07:10 (7.10AM)||11:30 (11.30am)||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday|
|Singapore – Chiang Rai||FD 927||12:30 (12.30pm)||14:30 (2.30pm)||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday|
|Chiang Rai – Kuala Lumpur||FD 830||15:15 (3.15pm)||19:20 (7.20pm)||Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Kuala Lumpur – Chiang Rai||FD 831||19:50 (7.50pm)||21:40 (9.40pm)||Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|