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AirAsia confirms Don Muang move


Published on Jun 26, 2012

has confirmed that it will transfer all Bangkok operations to the city’s Don Muang International Airport by 1 October 2012. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said that the decision to move from the overcrowded Suvarnabhumi airport would enable the airline to “manage its cost more effectively and provide passengers with improved service”. “The uncongested Don Muang airport is sure to prove a benefi t to AirAsia when it boosts its fleet of Airbus A320s to a total of 48 and welcomes more customers,” Bijleveld said. “The airport’s location also makes it conducive to further travel. Prospective travelers should have confi dence in what Don Muang has to offer.” Don Muang, located in the north of Bangkok, was Thailand’s main gateway airport until Suvarnabhumi opened in 2006. Since then, passenger traffic has shrunk from more than 38 million passengers per year to fewer than three million. By contrast, Suvarnabhumi has expanded faster than expected, and less than six years after it opened it is already operating over its 45 million annual passenger capacity.

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