BANGKOK, 16 June 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok to Maldives starting 11 August, making it the first low-cost airline in Thailand to serve the upscale beach resort destination.
The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the perception of the Maldives focused on upscale resorts and luxury travellers, but Thai AirAsia will launch a service that will appeal to all travellers.
Thai travellers do not need a visa to visit the Maldives.
AirAsia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to the Maldives (Flight AK, seven times weekly). The addition of a flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport means Thai travellers will be able to fly nonstop to the Maldives.
Bangkok Airways is the other airline serving the Maldives from Bangkok, but it flies from Suvarnabhumi airport (SWB). The inclusive one-way fare starts at THB15,640. The airline sells a one-way promotional fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok, at THB1,990. Bookings must be made by 25 June to travel from 11 August this year to 28 August next year.