AirAsia is to launch flights between
Bangkok and Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state and India’s
first UNESCO World Heritage City.
The airline will operate the route four times
per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays,
from 31 May 2019.
AirAsia Thailand CEO, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said, “India is a
strategic market that is fast becoming an important contributor of
inbound tourists for AirAsia Thailand. To fully leverage on this,
we plan to regularly introduce routes connecting the two
countries, focusing particularly on India’s burgeoning metros.
Thailand’s own worldwide fame for hospitality should attract
travellers from Ahmedabad, which is the capital of Gujarat state
and India’s fifth most populous city.”
According to Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand welcomed 1.5
million Indian visitors in 2018, up 12% on the previous year.
AirAsia has recorded a load factor of up to 87% on its India routes, with
passengers travelling between
Bangkok and existing destinations in India increasing 7% year-on-year.
Indian nationals made up 85% of passengers on those routes.