BANGKOK, 18 October 2018: AirAsia has confirmed it will introduce direct flights from Bangkok to Gaya in India starting 3 December.
Gaya is the closest town to Bodh Gaya where the Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
The airline’s BIG members can book the route at a starting fare of THB3,990 one-way at www.airasia.com for travel from 3 December to 29 March 2019.
Commenting on the new service, Thai AirAsia CEO, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said a Gaya flight was on the drawing board for a long time but “now (a reality) due to high demand from Thailand’s Buddhist travellers who join pilgrimage tours to Bodh Gaya.”
The new route will offer direct access for devout Buddhists, or members of the Buddhist clergy, who previously had to fly from Bangkok to Indian cities such as Kolkata and connect via a domestic flight, or go overland to Gaya.
It will compete head-on with Thai Smile, which has been operating seasonal flights to Gaya specifically for Buddhist pilgrimage tours.
Direct flights from Bangkok to Gaya (India) will be scheduled four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Flight FD122 will depart Don Mueang Airport at 0820 and arrive in Gaya, India at 1010. Flight FD123 will depart Gaya at 1040 and arrive in Don Mueang Airport at 1450.
During the promotion, Bangkok-Gaya will be offered to BIG members at an all-in fare of THB3,990 one-way. Other travellers can secure a fare of THB4,030 one-way.
Bookings need to be confirmed by 28 October at www.airasia.com for travel from 3 December to 29 March, 2019.
Groups of 10 or more passengers can contact AirAsia at Tel 02-515-9898, Monday to Friday between 0800-2100.
Gaya is the closest town to Bodh Gaya, where the Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment and is one of four holy sites of Buddhism. The site contains the Mahabodhi Temple, which itself is surrounded by important historical relics, as well as the International Buddhist Temple and the Thai Monastery of Bodh Gaya, the first ever Thai temple in India.
Flight Schedule for Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) – Gaya (GAY)