Thai AirAsia adds China route

BANGKOK, 14 January Thai AirAsia confirms it will launch a new U-tapao – Chengdu route, 20 January, that will link the important Chinese city with eastern seaboard resort destinations in Thailand.

The Bangkok-based, low-cost, airline will offer four flights weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, using an Airbus 320.

The service will depart U-tapao airport, located 30 km south of Pattaya City, a popular coastal destination on the Gulf of Thailand, at  2210 and arrive in Chengdu at 0220 on the following day.

The return flight will depart Chengdu at 0310 and arrive in U-tapao at 0535.

The airline is confident that the new service will be popular with Chinese travellers and tour operators who organise tour groups to Pattaya.

Just a year ago the airline launched a successful flight from its Bangkok Don Mueang airport base to Chengdu, its first venture to Chengdu.  It followed through with a daily services between Phuket and Kunming also using a A320s. In 2018 Thai AirAsia, served 13 Chinese cities from Thailand across 22 routes.

Chengdu was in the news earlier this month when Hilton confirmed its Canopy by Hilton Chengdu City Centre would open this month.

The hotel is located on the 23 to 31 floors of the of the mixed-use West Tower that has views of the central Tianju Square and the city’s rapidly growing skyline.

In other related news on China the AirAsia group confirmed in late 2018, the group had scrapped plans for launching AirAsia China (Zhengzhou).