TIRUCHY: A new entrant to Tiruchy International Airport, Thai Air Asia will be connecting Bangkok to the city starting September 29. After Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Sharjah, Dubai and Singapore, Thailand would be the newest international destination from Tiruchy airport.
The introduction of the Bangkok route would make it 102 international flights from the airport. With tourists from the southern States increasingly looking to Thailand as a travel destination, the direct connectivity comes as a boon.
A promotional fare of J3,399 is being offered to Bangkok from Tiruchy International Airport, said director, commercial, Thai AirAsia, Santisuk Klongchaiya. “AirAsia plans to continually penetrate the Indian market in the latter half of 2017 as it is a major market with great growth potential, especially as Bangkok and other Thai cities have become popular destinations for Indians,” he said.
Airline officials hope the AirAsia direct flight from Tiruchy would offer a multitude of trade, investment and travel opportunities. Cargo would also be carried in the belly hold of the aircraft operating on the route, an advantage for exporters.
Thai AirAsia, operating with flight code ‘FD’, presently flies directly from India to Thailand from four cities – Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Kochi – and will begin flying the Tiruchy-Bangkok route four times a week and Jaipur-Bangkok, also four times a week from September 29.
Addressing the media, Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, who accompanied the Thai AirAsia team, said tourists from India have increased phenomenally and that visitors are predominantly coming in from southern India.