Thai AirAsia on Friday inaugurated flights to four domestic destinations from Suvarnabhumi Airport for the first time in eight years.
The airline announced its intention to return to Suvarnabhumi in July and had pegged an August launch to offset market-share loss to Thai Vietjet.
CEO Santisuk Klongchaiya said passengers can now book AirAsia flights from Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani. It operates five flights to Chiang Mai daily, three to Phuket and two to Surat Thani and Krabi.
Thai AirAsia has called Don Muang International Airport its exclusive home for the past eight years, but with the seismic shifts in the aviation industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it had to once again split operations.
The airline couched its decision as one to give customers, especially those from abroad, more convenience, but market share, revenue and competition actually drove the move. After NokScooot went bust in June, VietJet had the budget-airline business to itself at Swampy.
Although the tourism has not returned to normal due to the pandemic, he said AirAsia sees opportunities to increase service at Suvarnabhumi Airport as an option for domestic passengers.
Meanwhile, services at Don Mueang Airport are operated as usual.
To promote its service at Suvarnabhumi Airport, special prices are offered for BIG members, starting from 744 baht per trip and 787 baht for the general public, who reserve their air tickets from Sept. 23-27 and travel from Sept. 25- Oct 24.