AirAsia has made it easier for passengers to connect between flights in Bangkok, with the launch of its ‘Fly-Thru’ service.
Passengers connecting from one AirAsia flight to another at the Thai capital’s Don Mueang International Airport can now transfer between aircraft without needing to check-in twice. Passengers’ baggage will also be checked through to the final destination, and passengers will be exempt from Don Mueang’s airport tax. The service will initially be available for 34 routes.
“We are very pleased to offer more convenience to our passengers who can now easily transit… via Bangkok,” said Santisuk Klongchaiya, Thai AirAsia’s director of commercial.
“The Fly-Thru service will benefit leisure travellers, business travellers, and also those who live in other cities in Thailand. Leisure travellers include passengers from China to Thailand’s beach destinations such as Krabi and Phuket while business travellers may find the Yangon-Siem Reap or Yangon-Ho Chi Minh City route a convenient option. From Thailand, people who are living in Krabi, Chiang Mai or Phuket will be able to conveniently reach international destinations with ease.”
The service is available for connecting flights not more than six hours apart. This will mean passengers from major cities such as Guangzhou, Kolkata, Chennai, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Ho Chi Minh City will be able to connect via Bangkok to destinations such as Phuket, Krabi and Chiang Mai. It will also offer international connections including Singapore-Siem Reap, Singapore-Chongqing, Yangon-Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon-Siem Reap and Kolkata-Macau.
Transit passengers at Don Mueang will be able to wait in a new area on the second floor of the airport. International passengers transiting to a domestic destination in Thailand will still be required to go through immigration upon arrival in Bangkok, as it is their first port of entry into the country.
The launch of Fly Thru in Bangkok follows an existing service for AirAsia’s passengers transiting in Kuala Lumpur.