Taipei, July 20 (CNA)－Budget airline AirAsia announced Thursday that it will launch direct flights between Taoyuan and Chiang Mai in Thailand Sept. 30, offering four round-trip flights each week between the two destinations.
The flights will operate every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, making AirAsia the second carrier in Taiwan to fly the route after EVA Airways, which started the service July 1.
Its flight FD242 will depart on those days at 1:55 p.m. from the Chiang Mai International Airport and arrive at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 6:45 p.m. The returning flight of FD243 will take off in Taoyuan the same day at 8:10 p.m., landing in Chiang Mai at 11:10 p.m., according to the airline.
Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said he is confident that the new air link will quickly become one of the airline’s more popular routes. The route is also part of AirAsia’s continued efforts to work in line with Thailand’s tourism plans, according to the carrier.
The airline is seeking to use its rapidly growing network of domestic and international flight routes to help draw more people to Chiang Mai, said AirAsia, adding that it added a route between Chiang Mai and Yangon in Myanmar at the beginning of this year.
The airline currently operates 13 domestic and international routes from its Chiang Mai hub. As for Taiwan, AirAsia now serves six routes: Taoyuan-Sabah, Malaysia, Taoyuan-Manila, Taoyuan-Cebu, Philippines, Taoyuan-Clark, Philippines, Taipei-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Kaohsiung-Kuala Lumpur.