AirAsia is to launch direct daily flights
between Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Hangzhou, China.
Hangzhou is home to many popular travel
destinations, such as the World Heritage Xi Hu or West Lake and
Lingyin Temple as well as shopping havens such as the Song Dynasty
City Replica and Qinghefang Ancient Street. Visitors will also be
able to pick up Longjin Tea, considered one of the best of China’s
teas, as well as Hangzhou’s coveted silk before returning home.
Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia,
said, “The Chiang Mai-Hangzhou route is the pride of AirAsia as it
is the latest connection between Chiang Mai and China; the world’s
largest market and one of the fastest growing. On top of drawing
Chinese travellers to visit and spend in Thailand, the route
should also prove to be beneficial once Hangzhou becomes an
accomplished center for tourism, business and transport. The city
is already a convenient jump off point to Shanghai, which is only
a little over an hour away by high speed train. This is sure to be
another well received route.”
Apart from its direct flights, AirAsia also
offers Fly Thru services via Don Mueang Airport. Travellers can,
for example, fly from Chiang Mai to Yangon with a connection in
Don Mueang, only needing to select their origin and desired
destination. Their luggage will be automatically sent to the
terminal destination and they will not be required to undergo
multiple visa checks. Similar convenience is also provided for
travellers going from Yangon to Chiang Mai. The Fly Thru service
was launched on 1 December and has so far been well received due
to its convenience.
The Fly Thru service is currently available to the
provinces of Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi.
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