Thai AirAsia X maiden flight from Bangkok lands in Muscat
June 28, 2016 | 10:07 PM
by Times News Service
Thai AirAsia X will operate three direct flights per week using an Airbus A 300 aircraft. Photo-Supplied

Muscat: The inaugural flight of Thai AirAsia X arrived at the Muscat International Airport yesterday from Bangkok, marking the official launch of a new route for the Thailand-based budget airline.

Thai AirAsia X will operate three direct flights per week using an Airbus A 300 aircraft.

Commenting on the importance of the new Bangkok-Muscat route, General Manager, Commercial Operations and Acting General Manager of the Muscat International Airport, Samer bin Ahmed Al-Nabhani said, “Introducing new routes, new airlines and new destinations is part of the strategic vision of the government to capitalise on the paradigm shift taking place in the transport sector, which supports the government’s push towards economic diversification. The government aims to grow the contribution of non-oil sectors in the GDP of the country. With this in mind, we are delighted to celebrate the inaugural flight of Thai AirAsia X Muscat- Bangkok. The new route will contribute to increasing the flow of tourism between the two countries in addition to attracting investors from Thailand to discover investment opportunities in Oman.”

“At Muscat International Airport, we strive to facilitate procedures for airline carriers wishing to launch new routes through the airport. This will result in many benefits, including the promotion of Oman as one of the most attractive tourism destinations in the region, and announcing events and conferences held in Oman, which in turn will contribute to bringing more visitors from around the world to Oman.”

Nadda Buranasiri, chief executive officer, Thai AirAsia X, noted, “Muscat is a long-anticipated destination for our customers and with the great support we have received from our partners in Oman and from the Muscat International Airport, we are sure this new route will prove to be popular among both Thai and Omani travellers, especially with our low fares. Omani passengers can now connect from Bangkok to destinations across Thailand and the region using AirAsia’s extensive network straight from the Don Mueang Airport.”

Thai AirAsia X operates flights to Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Bali. It also operates local flights to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket, Narathiwat, Nakhonsithammarat and Surat Thani in southern Thailand, and Loudoun Thani in northeastern Thailand.

In addition to direct flights, AirAsia X provides transit services, helping passengers reach other cities in Thailand through the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.

The airline’s destinations include Krabi and Phuket, two popular beach destinations in Thailand, and attractive northern cities, including Chang Mai and Chang Rai.

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