BANGKOK, 27 September 2012 – The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has affirmed that it is ready to launch full service in Don Mueang Airport, while Air Asia is fully prepared to move back to Don Mueang on October 1st.
Thai Air Asia CEO Tossapon Bijleveld revealed that the airline is preparing to transfer its aviation base from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang Airport from September 28th onwards.
He said its flights until September 30th will be to and from Suvarnabhumi, and the last flight will touch down at 3 a.m. of October 1st at Don Mueang Airport. From then on, all of its flights will be to and from Don Mueang. The first flight to be launched at Don Mueang will be the flight to Bali, leaving at 6.15 a.m.
After moving back to Don Mueang, Thai Air Asia is prepared to open a new route of Bangkok-Xi’an in November to accommodate the rising number of Chinese passengers. So far this year Thailand has welcomed 600,000 more Chinese travelers than it did last year.
Meanwhile, AoT President Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulabutra said Don Mueang is now ready to accommodate more passengers. More areas have been allotted for commercial activities in Passenger Terminal 1. The president has also reaffirmed that the airport will be ready for full scale service on October 1st.