Thai Vietjet to launch direct flight from Chiang Mai to Osaka

Direct flights between Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Osaka in Japan will take flight on February 16, 2023, operated by budget airline Thai Vietjet Air.

Operated by an Airbus A321, the new route from Chiang Mai International Airport to Kansai International Airport will take five hours in total.

To begin with, the route will run three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with the potential for increased frequency if there is high demand.

Until January 28, Thai VietJet is running a special promotion on the route. A one-way ticket from Chiang Mai to Osaka in July starts at 3,401 Thai baht (US$103).

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Chief Executive Officer of Thai Vietjet, Woranate Laprabang, said…

“The upcoming new service launch between Chiang Mai and Osaka marks another significant milestone for Thai Vietjet. Chiang Mai, along with Bangkok and Phuket, has long been regarded as one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations. In 2018, it welcomed over 10 million tourists, with over 30% of them coming from abroad.

“Although the number has increased, particularly in the post-pandemic time, there are now few direct international services that bring international passengers directly to Chiang Mai. We believe that by launching our new service this time, we will be able to offer opportunities for Thai passengers to visit Osaka as well as passengers from Japan, particularly from Osaka, to travel to the beautiful city of Chiang Mai at an affordable price while providing high quality and comfortable service.”

Thai VietJet’s new route will be the only direct service connecting Chiang Mai to Osaka, two major Asian tourist destinations.

Aside from the Chiang Mai – Osaka route, Thai VietJet operates a daily direct flight between Bangkok and Fukuoka.

At first, Thai VietJet operated the Bangkok – Fukuoka route thrice per week. However, the route was such a flying success that the frequency was increased to once a day.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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