THAI AirAsia X has officially gotten off the ground with the announcement for its first service to Seoul that will begin on June 17, with flights to Tokyo-Narita and Osaka also in the offing.
Flights to Seoul-Incheon will be operated daily out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport with Thai AirAsia’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Flights depart Bangkok at 08.05 to touch down at 15.25, while return flights leave at 16.50 and arrive in Bangkok at 20.40.
Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X, said he was “very confident that there is enormous demand for this route”.
“Last year, visitors from South Korea ranked in the top five nationalities of visitors to Thailand at 1.3 million people. This year, we look forward to positive growth for South Korean visitors and we are very proud to contribute to the increased number of available seats for visitor arrivals to Thailand,” Nadda said.
The visa exemption agreement for Thai passport holders would also boost Seoul’s appeal as an accessible and affordable destination for Thais, he said.
Flights to Tokyo and Osaka are in the pipeline and details will be announced in the near future, according to a Thai AirAsia X press release.
In the meantime, the LCC has launched special fares on the Bangkok-Seoul route. Fares begin at 1,990 baht (US$61.50) one-way, including taxes and fees.
Tickets must be booked on www.airasia.com between April 23 and May 3 and are valid for travel from June 17, 2014 to April 30, 2015.