Jetstar serves Hat Yai

SINGAPORE, 1 August 2017: Low fares go on sale today as Jetstar Asia announces its new direct service to the popular city of Hat Yai in southern Thailand.

To introduce the service, the airline is offering special THB899 roundtrip fare, down from THB1,950 for a limited period.

From 3 November 2017*, Jetstar Asia will operate four flights weekly from Singapore to Hat Yai, to meet the demand for visa-free travel between Singapore and Thailand.

Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand, is best known for its shopping, entertainment and dining options. For decades it has been a favourite destination for travellers from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Popular tourist attractions in Hat Yai include beaches, nearby islands, Khlong Hae Floating Market, Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, Songkla Lake, parks and observatories and, unknown to many, Thailand’s own version of bull-fighting.

Located close to the border between Malaysia and Thailand, Hat Yai is also a popular destination for car owners who embark on the 12-hour road trip from Singapore.

However, the recent change in visa requirements introduced by the Thai government for returning visitors by land, has impacted the number of travellers to the border city.

With Jetstar’s new direct service to Hat Yai, returning and new travellers will now be able to fly direct to Hat Yai visa-free for 30 days, while allowing them to save on their travel time.

Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi said: “The flight, which will take only an hour and forty minutes, will be the third city in Thailand that Jetstar Asia serves.”

Hat Yai has become a popular destination for Indonesian travellers mainly for its shopping, tourist attractions as well as medical services.

“With the new service, Indonesian travellers will be able to take advantage of the short connecting times in Changi from Jakarta, Medan or any of our six Indonesian destinations enroute to Hat Yai,” said Mr Pasupathi.

Jetstar’s low fares are also comparable to the current bus services offered from Singapore, with one-way fares starting at THB1,950.

This new route will be operated by Jetstar Asia’s 180-seat A320. Promotional fares are available for purchase from THB899 from Singapore today. To book flights, visit www.Jetstar.com.

The new service will see Jetstar Asia operate up to 51 services a week to Thailand, which includes Bangkok and Phuket.

With this announcement, the Jetstar Group of airlines will now operate 70 services from Australia, Vietnam and Singapore to four cities in Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.

Jetstar Pacific recently announced last week the launch of direct services from Dong Hoi in Vietnam to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.