AirAsia has further expanded its domestic network with a new direct flight operating daily from Don Mueang to Ranong. The new route is expected to develop tourist numbers around Thailand’s Onsen city and provide a boon to local economies; the area, which is a gateway to Myanmar, boasts attractions such as idyllic islands and waterways.
Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, confirmed AirAsia’s policy of adding domestic routes and utilising flight bases outside of Bangkok. The overall strategy sets out to increase coverage of the country and provide travellers with new and convenient ways to travel. The Ranong flight is one such venture.
“Ranong is a province with a coast on the Andaman Sea and has many allures, whether historical or natural and [Ranong city] was included on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Cities to Not Miss Plus’ list,” said Tassapon. “Attractive to both Thai and foreign visitors, the city is Thailand’s only destination for enjoying ‘onsen’, with its many hot springs. It is home to the splendid Koh Payam, Koh Chang and Koh Kam Archipelago and serves as a gateway from Thailand to Myanmar,” he continued.
AirAsia continues to create new opportunities with routes that the airline strongly believes have potential, such as Don Mueang-Ranong, which is Thai AirAsia’s 35th domestic connection, making it the carrier with the most flights to the nation’s South. Thai AirAsia now operates 17 routes to and from the South and is both the regional and national leader in terms of the total number of routes offered.