Air Asia To Start Phuket-Pattaya Daily Flights
Air Asia have announced they will be starting a new direct service between Phuket and Pattaya. Due to begin on the 30th March, Flight FD1101 will depart from Phuket International Airport’s Domestic Terminal at 12:50pm daily, flight time with be around one and half hours. The return flight from Pattaya to Phuket, Flight FD100 will depart U-Tapao daily at 10:55am.
The Phuket-Pattaya launch comes as Thai AirAsia also launches direct direct daily flights connecting Pattaya and Ubon Ratchathani, also starting on the 30th March.
The Phuket-Pattaya and Pattaya-Ubon Ratchathani services were launched at Thailand International Travel Fair 2017, currently underway at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok.
Santisuk Klongchaiya, Director of Commercial for Thai AirAsia, said that the two new direct flight services support the Tourism Authority of Thailand policy of stimulating cross regional travel. “Regional connections in Thailand are a strength of Thai AirAsia’s ever expanding network and part of its policy to create new travel opportunities for all the country’s regions,” he said.
Promotional fares for Pattaya-Phuket flights have been launched, starting at 790 baht one way including airport tax and other duties, but excluding fuel excise tax. Flights must be booked before next Tuesday, 26th February - for travel 30th March and the 6th February next year.
AirAsia currently operates regional flights from six airport hubs Bangkok - Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, U-Tapao and Hat Yai. Together the hubs offer 11 regional connections via 16 flights daily which averaged a load factor of 85% in 2016.
Sujitra Jongchansittho, TAT Deputy Governor of Domestic Marketing, said that the government has policy to elevate the country’s economy under the “Thailand 4.0, Economy 4.0” concept. TAT has drafted its own “Tourism 4.0” framework, which seeks to strengthen the country internally before connecting it to the global economy, Ms Sujitra said. The plan focuses on basic tourism, constant innovation and the “Regional Travel Challenge” project, an effort to stimulate regional tourism by creating new and stimulating experiences based on local offerings, she noted. “The goal of the framework is to spread travel income across the country and TAT welcomes AirAsia’s support in enhancing travel between regions,” Ms Sujitra added.