Lion flies new China route

CHIANG RAI, 31 July 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch a new international service from Chiang Rai in far-north Thailand to Changsha in China effective 10 August.

The airline has scheduled four flights weekly with a late night departure from Chiang Rai and the return flight landing in Chiang at 0315, according to the airline’s timetable announcement, last week.

Using a 180-seat Boeing 737 the service will fly  Chinese tourists from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, south central China. The four weekly services will also give Chiang Rai residents and tourists staying in North Thailand a convenient nonstop flight to China.

Travellers to China need a visa and the closest Chinese consulate is located in Chiang Mai, 180 km south of Chiang Rai.

Changsha is a famous for its historical and cultural city with a history of over 3,000 years dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), and the capital of Chu State (907 to 951) in the so called Ten Kingdoms period.

Today, Changsha is an important commercial, manufacturing and transportation centre in China.

It is also famous as the location setting for the sci-fi epic Avatar. Its natural World Heritage site, Zhangjiajie National Park, was used by the film directors for scenes in the movie that caught the imaginations of Asian travellers.

One of the top attractions is the 7-km cable car ride from the town centre to one of the the peak and an all-glass walkway that scales one of the park’s cliffs.

The airline sells a one-way fare, inclusive of all charges, ex-Chiang Rai, to Changsha starting at THB2,395. Fare also includes free baggage allowance 20 kg, sport equipment allowance 15 kg and seat selection.

Earlier this month, Thai Lion Air introduced a new four weekly service from Chiang Mai to Guangzhou, the main city of Guangdong province in southern China.

The fare on that route is identical to the fare offered on the Chiang Rai-Changsha route.

(Source: Thai Lion Air)