PATTAYA, 30 September 2015: Thai AirAsia will launch three new routes direct from U-Tapao Airport to Macau, Singapore and Udon Thani starting 27 November this year.
The airline CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld, said U-Tapao is now the airline’s fifth base that will help the airline to draw travellers particularly Chinese to Thailand’s eastern seaboard.
“The new routes will operate with daily flights to Macau, Singapore and Udon Thani…there is a potential and opportunity to draw travel and investment to the eastern region.”
Singaporeans are among world’s most frequent and affluent travellers who are looking for short break holidays that have a balanced mix of natural attractions, heritage, shopping and entertainment.
“The inaugural Nanning-U-Tapao (25 September) and Nanchang-U-Tapao (26 September) flights were very well received by Chinese travellers with load factors of 70% to 75% and continual bookings,” the airline’s CEO added.
The U-Tapao-Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia Malaysia code AK) route, which was launched earlier, is also gaining a strong market response.
Overall, AirAsia operates six routes out of U-Tapao Airport flying direct to Kuala Lumpur, Nanning, Nanchang, Udon Thani, Singapore and Macau.
Udon Thani is the nearest Thailand airport to the border with Laos and Vientiane the capital. Travellers opt for the cheaper flight to Udon Thani and then take the bus to the border at Nong Khai (80 km) and transfer to Vientiane. It saves around 50% off the lowest direct fare on the Bangkok-Vientiane route.
By the end of this year, AirAsia will station two Airbus A320 planes at U-Tapao Airport.
AirAsia offers city and island transfer services using shuttle buses and ferry boats that take passengers from U-Tapao to beach destinations that include Samet Island, Pattaya City (Central Festival) and Rayong province. It also plans to offer transfers to Lan Island, a 30 minute ferry ride from Pattaya town, later this year.
The airline sells one-way promotional fares on these new routes starting at THB590 to Singapore and THB990 to Macau. Fares include airport taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.
Booking must be made by 11 October for travel 27 November to 29 October next year.
Bookings are currently closed for the U-Tapao-Udon Thani sector.