AirAsia To Launch Direct Flights Between Maldives and Thailand In August
AirAsia is scheduled to begin new daily direct flights between Thailand and Maldives, which will be launched in August this year.
The flight operations will commence with incredibly low introductory fares, with prices starting from $80.70 per trip. The special introductory fares apply for flights booked from 14th June until 25th June, for fly dates from 11th August to 28th August.
The Bangkok-Maldives route will be in service daily after it's launch, with an all-economoy Airbus A320 aircraft operating between Velana International Airport – Maldives' main airport – and Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
Following AirAsia's direct flights between Male' and Bangkok, there will be three airlines running operations in this route. Currently, the Male'-Bangkok flights are run by Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian, and Bangkok Airways. With the introduction of AirAsia's direct flight operations and it's low introductory fares, the prices for the Male'-Bangkok route are predicted to lower significantly from all airlines. AirAsia also already operates daily flights between Maldives and Kuala Lumpur.
Thai AirAsia's Director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, speaking about why he decided to start direct flights between Maldives and Thailand said, "Many people's perception of Maldives is that it is costly and only caters to certain types of travelers, but today AirAsia is launching the flight so that everyone can discover the atolls."
"There's a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from guest houses to opulent resorts. Without the need for a visa (for Thai people), travelling to the country is now easier than ever and we are confident the route will see robust growth, especially as AirAsia is the first low-fares carrier to offer a Bangkok-Maldives link."
Thai AirAsia's Maldives service launch held in Bangkok was also attended by the acting Managing Director of the state tourism promotion company Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Haris Mohamed, also shared his thoughts on the upcoming flight operations.
Haris Mohamed said that AirAsia's entry in the Male'-Bangkok route will create a positive competitive atmosphere, as well as create more travel options in the Maldives. "Thai AirAsia would not only bring more Thai tourists to the Maldives but also others from Southeast Asia. The Maldives is indeed a luxurious brand, but it is for all, not only for ultra high-end travelers,” Haris added.