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Fri, 19 February 2016

Hat Yai Becomes Thai AirAsias Latest Hub

Hat Yai in the south of Thailand has become Thai AirAsia's latest hub.

AirAsia now flies from Hat Yai to six destinations: Bangkok (Don Mueang), Chiang Mai, Pattaya (U-Tapao), Kuala Lumpur and most recently Chiang Rai and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

All six routes operated by AirAsia have great growth potential, especially its new Chiang Rai and Johor Bahru routes as they are both cities with distinct travel attractions and serve as connections to other destinations, said Mr. Songpol Sawasditham, Governor of Songkhla. The new routes respond to the new demands of the ASEAN Economic Community with Chiang Rai which connects to Lao PDR and Myanmar (through Mae Sai) while Johor Bahru is only an hour away from Singapore. Hat Yai itself is brimming with travel and trade opportunities, making this new network of routes one full of opportunity.

 AirAsia launched its first flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai twelve years ago. The route was warmly received and led to continued growth. Today, the airline flies Hat Yai to Bangkok 8 times per day, Chiang Mai 2 times per day, Pattaya (U-Tapao) 4 times per week, Kuala Lumpur 10 times per week and the new additions of one daily flight from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai and Johor Bahru.

Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said, The people of Songkhlas Hat Yai and its surrounding provinces have given their trust to AirAsia for over 12 years, as evidenced by the year-round 80-85% average load factor we have maintained on the 4 routes we have operated to the city over the years. We are confident that we will receive the same trust in our 2 new routes to Chiang Rai and Johor Bahru when they begin on 1 April 2016 at a promotional fare starting at only 990 THB per trip.

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