Thai AirAsia launches fly-thru flight to boost up lesser-visited provinces

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Thai AirAsia has launched a new fly-thru service connecting Phuket to Don Mueang Airport and Phitsanulok. The aim is to encourage foreign tourists visiting Phuket to explore and discover lesser-visited provinces like Phitsanulok and other areas in the lower northern region of Thailand.

Sasiwan Siphrom, the President of the Tourism Council of the Lower Northern Provinces, highlighted that in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and travel agencies, studies have shown that this connecting flight between Phuket and Phitsanulok has the potential to significantly boost tourism in the lower northern provinces and the surrounding areas.

These provinces include Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, Uttaradit, Tak, Kampaeng Phet, Pichit and Nakhon Sawan.

Sasiwan said the lower northern region has many tourist attractions, such as the Si Thep Historical Park in Kampang Phet, which has just been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Sasiwan added that there are also 20 attractions in Phitsanulok waiting to be explored by tourists.

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The fly-thru flights will allow passengers from Phuket to stop at their intermediate destination, Bangkok, before travelling to Phitsanulok. Travellers will be able to travel in Bangkok if they have enough time to catch the next flight and return to the airport without having to go through the check-in process.

However, the official timetable for the Phuket-Don Mueang-Phitsanulok flight has not yet been announced. On AirAsia‘s official website, travellers interested in booking a fly-thru flight can select the flight between Phuket and Phitsanulok and use the filter, up to one-stop, to see the available fly-thru flights.

Passengers will be able to select the flight according to their schedule, as the stopover time for the flight to Bangkok is available from one hour to nine hours.

Sasiwan hopes that the fly-thru service will attract tourists from Phuket to Phitsanulok province and other less visited provinces in the lower northern region of Thailand.

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