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TransAsia to launch scheduled flights to Chiang Mai

2013/06/18 16:18:09

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) TransAsia Airways, a mid-sized international carrier in Taiwan, said Tuesday that it will launch regular flights to Chiang Mai, Thailand in early July to take advantage of strong demand as the summer vacation approaches.

Starting from July 3, TransAsia will provide two round-trip flights between Taipei and Thailand's second largest city a week, one on Wednesday and the other on Saturday.

The carrier will use an A321-131 aircraft on the new route, TransAsia said.

TransAsia has operated charter flights to Chiang Mai since 2010, and demand has been strong as the city is one of the favorite vacation destinations of Taiwanese tourists.

Also known as the Rose of the North in Thailand, Chiang Mai was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna in northern Thailand between the 13th and the 18th centuries and is home to some of the country's most impressive temples, the airline said.

The Chiang Mai route will be TransAsia's second regular scheduled Thai destination. It began regular flights to Bangkok in March.

According to the Tourism Bureau, the number of Taiwanese visitors to Thailand rose 68.19 percent in May from a year earlier to 42,960 and 91.89 percent in the first five months of the year to 201,271.

TransAsia said the launch of flights to Chiang Mai is the latest move in the carrier's effort to expand its regional service network after adding Japan's Ishigaki Island as a destination in May and China's Zhangjiajie earlier this month.

The airline, which operates a fleet of 20 aircraft, currently has regularly scheduled flights to 31 international destinations, including Osaka, Sapporo and Okinawa in Japan, Singapore, Macau, and Hanoi, and 14 cities in China.

(By Maranda Hsu and Frances Huang)