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Chiang Rai is AirAsia’s new hub in northern Thailand

by on February 7, 2019
 

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
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