AirAsia Thailand reports high load factors after service resumption
AirAsia Thailand CEO, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said yesterday there had been "very encouraging signs" from the LCC's recent resumption of domestic flights with high load factors and strong ticket sales recorded. Read More » The airline resumed flying on September 3 and is operating 11 domestic routes. The top three are Bangkok Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai, AirAsia Thailand said, with an average of 80% of available seats booked for travel between September 3 and September 15. “We have seen a very positive response in the first three days of returning to service, especially for popular destinations such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai, which achieved load factors as high as 90%. We foresee demand continuing on a good momentum," Klongchaiya said. Ticket sales data was based on the 75% maximum capacity per flight allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. The LCC said there also had been a good response to flights at some northeastern cities of Thailand, such as Khon Kaen, Nakhon Panom, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. The carrier will add more nonstop flights and regional connections to these destinations in anticipation of higher demand.