13th Oct 2019
Plans to expand on the destinations offered by AirAsia have been announced.
A new service between Bangkok Don Mueang and Varanasi will start on 25th November 2019. This adds to the other India destinations in India that AirAsia operate Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jaipur, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Gaya.
“India presents a fantastic opportunity for AirAsia, thanks to its high growth potential and strong spending power. This new route will give younger Thai travellers and religious pilgrims the opportunity to experience Varanasi’s rich, vibrant culture, while at the same time encourage the people of Varanasi to explore Bangkok’s many sights and attractions.”, said Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO for AirAsia Thailand.
Over to China and new route from Chaing Ria to Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in East China using the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH).
Flights will operate four times a week from 1st December 2019. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays flight FD888 will leave Chiang Rai Airport (CEI) at 5:30pm to arrive in Hangzhou at 10:45pm.
On the return leg, FD889, is scheduled to leave Hangzhou at 11:50 and arrive back in Chiang Rai at early at 3:05am the next day.
Hangzhou, one of China’s oldest cities, is home to picturesque sites such as Xihu Lake, Lingyin Temple and Leifeng Pagoda, making it a cultural and artistic haven for many. Moreover, the city is a wonderful destination for travellers looking to enjoy cool weather and snow. With easy access to high-speed bullet train, visitors are also able to connect from Hangzhou to Shanghai in just one hour.
Hangzhou is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, 180 km from Shanghai. The varied subtropical climate gives the area a changing appearance throughout the year making it one of China’s most popular destinations year-round.
The most famous landmark is The West Lake, noted for its natural beauty and location close to many historical and cultural sites.
Away from Asia, Thai Air Asia X will start flying from Bangkok to Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport on an Airbus 330 3 times a week for a limited period of three months.
Meanwhile, Airasia’s Penang, Malaysia to Phuket route is being discontinued on October 25th due to limited tourists using the service. The flight was mainly used by foreigners wanting to visit the Thai embassy to renew their visas. This leaves on Malaysian airline, Firefly offering direct flights on this route.