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Thai AirAsia is today the largest low cost carrier based in Thailand, a subsidiary of low cost airline group AirAsia. The airline offers the largest choice of destination out of Bangkok Don Mueang airport and has also bases in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket and U-Tapao-Pattaya.
Thai AirAsia is the biggest airline at Don Mueang and the second largest carrier after national airline Thai Airways International. It is the largest domestic carrier in Thailand with a market share of 32.5> It is also the largest airline in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (without China) with capacity market share of 23%. At the end of 2018, TAA was flying to 9 cities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region out of Bangkok offering 12 routes and 140 flights per week. It has also flights out of Chiang Mai and Phuket to the GMS.
In 2018, TAA carried 21.6 million travellers to and from Thailand, up by 9% over 2017. From that number, 8.2 million travelled on international flights, a growth of 11%. According to the airline, passengers paid an average fare of THB 1,477 last year (US$46.50), down by 2%. The airline had 62 aircraft in its fleet.
2018 was a very good year for the airline in terms of expansion. The carrier opened 21 new routes during the year. That excludes Thai AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate in Thailand.
This article first appeared on www.baolau.com
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