Connect with us

Phuket

AirAsia to open ticket office in Patong

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET CITY: As part of its plan to develop Phuket as a second aviation hub for Thailand, Thai AirAsia hopes to establish direct air links with major cities in the region and will set up a sales office on the beach road in Patong, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) told the Gazette.

Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapol Bijleveld says that the carrier wants to help decentralize air links so that more passengers in the region can get to destinations in Thailand without having to transit through Bangkok.

AirAsia currently operates eight flights daily between Phuket and Bangkok.

Phuket will be the first of a number of new aviation hubs the carrier hopes to establish in Southeast Asia. The Phuket hub will eventually make it possible for people to fly directly from the island to regional destinations such as Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City.

People in Indonesia wanting to visit Phuket currently have to get two connecting flights  before reaching the island. A scheduled service from Jakarta to Phuket would reduce travel time to about one hour, he added.

However, it was still too early to announce which other airports in Thailand and around the region were likely to be upgraded to aviation hub status, Mr Tassapon said.

More specific details about the carrier’s regional expansion plans will be released later this year, he added.

Servicing the Phuket hub will be some of AirAsia’s current fleet of six Airbus A320s. Thai AirAsia currently operates nine Boeing 737-300 aircraft and six Airbus A320s, which are among 40 brand new A320s ordered to gradually replace the 737-300s and expand the fleet.

The first of these A320s was delivered in October 2007, while the remainder will be handed over by 2012.

Mr Tassapon told the Gazette before the recent turmoil in Bangkok that he “definitely” expects tourism to Phuket to not only recover, but to expand.

However, AirAsia has no immediate plans to use Phuket as a hub for long-haul international flights such as its popular Kuala Lampur-London route, he said.

A source at Thai AirAsia said the carrier was not badly affected by the recent riots in Bangkok because most passengers had booked and paid for their flights long before the protests turned violent.

AirAsia’s new ticket office in Patong is slated to be open by the end of the month.

The carrier also operates a ticket booth in the food court on the second floor of the Tesco Lotus shopping mall.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand18 mins ago

The Future of Medical Tourism in Thailand | Good Morning Thailand LIVE | Episode 91

Transport26 mins ago

Thai government officials offered special promotional fares on Air Asia

Phuket30 mins ago

Phuket: 5 Covid-19 deaths, 2 Sandboxers, drop in hospital beds

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus Vaccines46 mins ago

Rollout of AstraZeneca boosters for people fully vaccinated with Sinovac begins September 24

Business1 hour ago

Occupancy at alternative quarantine hotels takes a nosedive

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Thai FDA approves Moderna vaccine for ages 12 to 17

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism2 hours ago

Desperate hotel operators look to Bangkok re-opening for signs of hope

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Friday Covid Update: 171 deaths and 14,555 new cases

Tourism3 hours ago

Will it, won’t it? October re-opening in doubt as Anutin defers to medical experts

Philippines17 hours ago

ICC opens investigation into Philippines President Duterte

World17 hours ago

American general defends “clandestine” phone calls with China

Thailand18 hours ago

Countdown to October reopening; body of Koh Phi Phi resort manager found | Thailand News Today | September 16

Visa18 hours ago

Hungarian woman arrested in Koh Samui for 10-year overstay

Thailand19 hours ago

Nakhon Si Thammarat reports Covid outbreak at prison

Guides19 hours ago

Most famous viewpoints in Phang Nga

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand3 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending