AirAsia unveils latest Thai destination

BANGKOK, 28 March 2018: AirAsia will launch its first ever flight linking Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur to Thailand’s popular beach town of Hua Hin, 18 May.

The four weekly direct flights are being introduced with a special one-way fare of THB990, that were on the sales counter 28 February and will end 4 March for a travel period 18 May to 26 October.

The one-way promotional fare is inclusive of taxes and fees.

However, a check of all the links given in the press release and a search of AirAsia’s website (AK), 28 Feb and again 1 March, failed to provide a flight option out of Hua Hin.

When attempting to complete the origin or destination search for “Hua Hin” it was not a  option in the box. There was no clear advertising on the site for the fare either, which clearly shortened the promotion’s shelf life.

The problem was resolved 2 March, but once on the fare page the best offer was THB1,190 one-way. TTR Weekly sent an email to the airline’s PR department asking them about the booking hitch for Hua Hin on 28 Feb and 1 March, but received no reply. That’s typical of today’s airline PR teams. The airline should extend the offer beyond the March 4 deadline as a goodwill gesture.

The latest route to Hua Hin marks AirAsia Malaysia’s (AK) seventh destination that connects Malaysia and Thailand.

AirAsia Malaysia Head of Commercial, Spencer Lee said: “We are thrilled to introduce the Kuala Lumpur-Hua Hin route as the latest addition. Since launching Phuket in 2003 as our first international route from Kuala Lumpur, we currently have flights to seven cities in Thailand. In 2017 alone, we carried about 1.3 million guests from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand… We are positive that Hua Hin will be the new preferred holiday destination and hope that the new route will further contribute to the tourism growth for both cities.”

AirAsia Malaysia currently operates 165 weekly flights to Thailand. Besides Hua Hin, the airline also flies to six other routes to Thailand such as Bangkok (80 flights weekly), Phuket (35 weekly), Krabi (21 weekly), Hat Yai (seven weekly), Chiang Mai (14 weekly), and Pattaya (four weekly).

Kuala Lumpur’s world-famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from the various ethnicities represented in Malaysia are some must-visit sites when visiting the capital city. Places to visit such as the 421m tall KL Tower, Central Market (Pasar Seni), Petaling Street, KLCC, Malaysia Tourism Centre and Bukit Bintang are all accessible from the free GoKL bus. A day trip to visit other nearby attractions such as Port Dickson, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Putrajaya, Batu Caves, and Sunway Lagoon are also ideal from the city centre.

Visitors who wish to explore more of Malaysia can also take advantage of AirAsia’s domestic network to the resort island Langkawi; or fly further to the tip of Borneo Island Kota Kinabalu to marvel at Southeast Asia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu, discover the mysterious Mulu Caves as well as dive into the world-famous underwater world at Sipadan Island.

Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Hua Hin, Thailand (HHQ):

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Flight Frequency
Kuala Lumpur – Hua Hin AK830 1000hrs 1100hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Hua Hin – Kuala Lumpur AK831 1130hrs 1435hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday