Thai AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Bangkok) will move all of its operations from the large (but more congested) Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) back to the smaller (but underutilized) Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) on October 1. The low-fare airline is currently being impacted at BKK with a runway closure that is renovating the east runway until August 9, 2012.
The company issued the following statement:
“AirAsia affirms its readiness to transfer all operations to Don Mueang International Airport by October 1, 2012. The airline assures Don Mueang Airport will be able to accommodate its growing fleet and provide its customers with the utmost satisfaction.”
Thai AirAsia is planning to grow its Airbus A320 fleet to 48 aircraft.
Copyright photo: Jay Selman. Airbus A320-216 HS-ABI (msn 3729) in the standard 2003 livery lines up to land at BKK.
AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) is facing possible legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for allegedly failing to disclose the full price of fares for flights from Australia to internation destinations according to this report by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Copyright Photo: Laurent Errera. Thai AirAsia will soon take delivery of this new “World’s Best Low Cost Airline 2009 2010 2011” logojet. The special Airbus A320-216 with the temporary marks of F-WWIZ will become HS-ABW (msn 4980) on delivery.
Thai AirAsia (Bangkok) on January 15, 2012 will add the Bangkok-Trang route, competing against low-fare Nok Air (Bangkok) and Orient Thai Airlines (Bangkok) according top this story by the Bangkok Post.
Trang, in the southern Thai province on the Andaman Sea coast will become the 11th domestic destination for Thai AirAsia.
Thai Airways International (Bangkok) and a domestic partner will own 51 percent of Thai Tiger Airways Pte (Bangkok) which will commence low-fare operations in March 2011. Tiger Airways Holdings (Singapore) will own 49 percent of the new LCC. Thai Tiger Airways will fly domestic and international routes with Airbus A320s of up to five hours. The new joint venture is designed to go after rival Thai AirAsia. It is unclear what will happen to Nok Air in which Thai owns 39 percent.