AirAsia resumes direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Pattaya

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AirAsia resumed its direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya, yesterday, June 17.

The airline will now operate this popular route three times a week, with flights scheduled every Monday, Friday, and Sunday. Flight AK840 is set to take off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 11am, landing in Pattaya’s U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport (UTP) at 12.05pm. The return flight, AK841, will depart from Pattaya at 12.30pm, reaching Kuala Lumpur at 3.30pm.

The resumption of this service marks AirAsia’s ninth direct route connecting various Malaysian cities, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Penang, to Thai destinations including Bangkok (Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi), Krabi, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Hat Yai.

Pattaya, Thailand’s eighth-largest city, remains a hotspot for local and international tourists. In 2019 alone, AirAsia ferried over 60,000 passengers between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya. With its reopening, the airline aims to revitalise travel and tourism between these two bustling cities, reported Travel News Asia.

Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group stated that the airline is pleased to resume services to the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, providing the only direct connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to the city.

“This addition to our vast network in Thailand underscores our continued commitment to making travel more accessible to second-tier cities such as Pattaya. With approximately 2.7 million guests flying from Malaysia to Thailand throughout 2023, we firmly believe that the return of this popular route will boost the number of travellers to and from Thailand this year.”

ORIGINAL STORY: AirAsia Malaysia resumes flights to Pattaya in June

AirAsia Malaysia (AK) has thrilled travellers with news of its revival of services between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya, launching three weekly flights starting from June 17.

The announcement marks the airline’s bold step in resurrecting its ninth direct route to Thailand from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Penang post-pandemic. Alongside destinations like Bangkok, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Hat Yai, Pattaya (U-Tapao) stands as a beacon for tourism, domestically and internationally.

AirAsia Aviation Group CEO Bo Lingam states that Pattaya’s allure as Thailand’s eighth-largest city continues to captivate wanderlust-stricken hearts.

“We’re thrilled to reinstate direct connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to this vibrant coastal gem. Our commitment to enhancing accessibility extends to second-tier cities like Pattaya.”

With over 60,000 travellers shuttled between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya in 2019 alone, the anticipation for this relaunched route is palpable.

“Our data shows a staggering 2.7 million guests flew from Malaysia to Thailand in 2023. We’re confident this revitalised route will see a surge in travel to and from Thailand this year.”

To sweeten the deal, AirAsia is rolling out irresistible promotional fares. Grab a one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur for just 99 Malaysian Ringgits (approximately 750 baht) or enjoy a 990 baht (terms and conditions apply) all-inclusive one-way fare from Pattaya to Kuala Lumpur, reported TTR Weekly.

But hurry, these deals are only valid until March 24 for travel between June 17, and June 16, 2025.

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