March 27, 2023

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    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Airline Sort:
    Low-Value Provider
    12 months Based:
    Riad Asmat
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    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Nitinai Sirismatthakarn
    Passenger Rely :
    16,706,000 (2020)
    Runways :
    01R/19L – 4,000m (13,123ft) |01L/19R – 3,700m (12,139ft)
    Terminal 1 |Terminal 2 |Terminal 3

Price range airline Thai AirAsia X has introduced plans to launch direct flights from Bangkok to Melbourne and Sydney for the primary time, additional strengthening connectivity between Thailand and Australia. The brand new routes will start on December 1st and 2nd, respectively, each scheduled to be operated on the airline’s all-Airbus A330 fleet.

Earlier than the pandemic, Thai AirAsia X offered companies from Bangkok to Brisbane. The brand new companies may also be essential sooner or later development of the airline, as confirmed by the airline’s interim Chief Government Officer, Tassapon Bijleveld:


“Thailand and Australia have maintained robust relations for over 70 years, and Australia is among the many prime three academic locations for Thai college students in addition to a number one journey vacation spot for Thai vacationers. Therefore, Thai AirAsia X may be very excited to be including Sydney and Melbourne as two key locations in Australia this 12 months, with a precedence on these two cities as among the many hottest to return to first.”

Australia stays an vital marketplace for the entire AirAsia model. Photograph: Getty Pictures 

From Bangkok to Australia

Earlier than the pandemic, between June 2018 and June 2019, greater than 1.5 million passengers had been transported in additional than 5,700 flight operations between Australia and Thailand, making it the sixth largest Asia-Pacific marketplace for Oceania.


Throughout the identical interval, roughly 423,190 passengers and 15,550 tons of cargo had been transported between Bangkok and Melbourne, signaling a market that’s itching to be served by the low-cost service. From December 1st, Thai AirAsia X will fly thrice weekly to the Australian metropolis.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
XJ 390 (BKK – MEL) 00:10 13:00 Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays
XJ 391 (MEL- BKK) 14:30 19:20

Flown utilizing the two-class configured Airbus A330 plane with a seating capability of 377 passengers, Thai AirAsia X will supply roughly 2,262 seats to Melbourne weekly. In response to Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Aviation, Jim Parashos, the brand new service will present passengers extra choices and, from December, will improve the overall variety of flights between Melbourne and Asian cities to greater than 420 every week.


Earlier than the pandemic, greater than 551,300 passengers and 10,220 tons of cargo had been carried between Bangkok and Sydney, making it the principle route between the 2 nations. And proper after the Melbourne launch the next day, the low-cost service will fly to the Harbour Metropolis 4 occasions weekly, providing roughly 3,016 seats weekly.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time Frequency
XJ 382 (BKK – SYD) 00:10 13:10 Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
XJ 383 (SYD- BKK) 14:40 19:40

The finances airline’s arrival in Sydney is supported by the New South Wales Authorities’s Aviation Attraction Fund and is the second new worldwide service to be confirmed for the reason that fund was introduced in October 2021. Like Melbourne, the brand new route will bolster the airport’s community of greater than 30 locations in Asia, permitting passengers to make the most of low-cost worldwide air journey within the lead-up to the busy Christmas interval.

Greg Botham, Chief Business Officer of Sydney Airport, mentioned:

“Bangkok is a improbable metropolis with wonderful connectivity to the areas of Thailand and is a top-rated vacation spot for Australian leisure and enterprise vacationers. We’re thrilled to welcome Thai AirAsia X as our latest worldwide service as we proceed to assist the restoration of our world community.”

Rising competitors

Given the hovering recognition and demand between Thailand and Australia, it’s solely pure that Thai AirAsia X might be dealing with some direct competitors on each new routes. Thai Airways provides each day flight companies between Bangkok and Melbourne, whereas fellow low-cost service Jetstar Airways at the moment flies the route thrice weekly.

Thai AirAsia X might need extra luck on the route connecting Bangkok and Sydney. That is dominated by Thai Airways providing flight companies six occasions weekly and Qantas providing four-times-weekly flights. In the meantime, in Malaysia, the low-cost service’s sister long-haul airline, AirAsia X, will quickly resume flight operations from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney on September ninth, adopted by Perth, Melbourne, and Auckland through Sydney in November.

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