Thai AirAsia links up Bangkok, Vientiane


THAI AirAsia (TAA) will commence daily flights between Bangkok and Vientiane on July 1, 2016, making it the first budget airline to connect Thailand to the Lao capital.

The new service will leave Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport at 12.05 daily, arriving at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane at 13.25. The return flight will depart Vientiane at 14.15 and arrive at Bangkok at 15.35.

The launch of the new route comes on the back of “very strong feedback” for TAA’s first connection between the two countries on the Bangkok-Luang Prabang route, which achieved an average load factor of 80–85 per cent after its inauguration on March 24, 2016, said Santisuk Klongchaiya, director of commercial.

TAA also hopes the new direct route would enhance business and tourism flow between both countries, he added.

Until TAA recently gained air traffic rights to Luang Prabang, LCCs were not allowed to fly to Luang Prabang or Vientiane.

Bookings for the new flight are available at a promotional fare from 990 baht (US$28.30) per way. The promotion is valid until May 8, 2016 for travel from July 1, 2016 to May 22, 2017.

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