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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Biggest expansion to date for Thai AirAsia

PATA Travel Mart 2004

Biggest expansion to date for Thai AirAsia

Thai AirAsia has embarked on its largest expansion to date. With the delivery of two additional Boeing B737-300 aircraft, Thailand’s largest low-fare airline will offer daily flights to 12 destinations from Bangkok as well as between Phuket and Singapore.

On the domestic market, Thai AirAsia will increase the number of its flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Phuket and Ubon Ratchathani. Internationally, Thai AirAsia will add a second daily flight to Macau and a third daily flight to Singapore.

Thai AirAsia will inaugurate the first ever non-stop daily flight between Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu (State of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo) as well as between Bangkok and Medan (North Sumatra, Indonesia).

Thai AirAsia will offer one daily service between Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu according to the following timetable:

With the delivery of two more Boeing 737-300, Thai AirAsia will integrate its first Thai-registered aircraft into its fleet. By the end of the year, the Thai AirAsia entire fleet will be Thai registered by the Department of Civil Aviation. In 2005, Thai AirAsia expects to have a total fleet of 13 aircraft.

To assure the development of its activities, Thai AirAsia also recently signed an exclusive partnership with the Bangkok Aviation Center for the training of its future pilots. Some 40 new recruits will start their courses in February and October next year and will receive 200 hours of flight training.

Departure Arrival Flight Frequency
Bangkok to Kota Kinabalu 17.20 /21.10 (local time) FD 5306 Daily
Kota Kinabalu to Bangkok 21.40 /23.30 (local time) FD 5307 Daily
New frequencies and flights for Thai AirAsia winter schedule
From To Weekly frequencies Weekly frequencies
in current timetable in winter timetable
Bangkok Chiang Rai 07 11
Bangkok Phuket 21 28
Bangkok Ubon Ratchathani 07 10
Bangkok Kota Kinabalu - 07
Bangkok Macau 07 14
Bangkok Medan - 07
Bangkok Singapore 14 21
Phuket Singapore - 07


PATA Travel Mart 2004

70 percent larger than last year

PATA Travel Mart 2004 opened in Bangkok on September 22, 2004 with 345 global buyers, representing 309 organizations from 45 countries on hand to meet 720 sellers representing 342 Asia Pacific travel and tourism organizations from 37 countries.

PATA President and CEO Peter de Jong

These numbers represent a 70 percent larger turnout than at PATA Travel Mart 2003 in Singapore.

Of the 171 media delegates registered for the Mart, 103 are international and 68 are domestic. PATA President and CEO Peter de Jong said he was delighted with the strong turnout and cited PATA’s successful repositioning of the Mart and strong strategic support from the TAT and THAI as contributors to the success of the Mart.

PATA’s chief executive said consumer demand was driving the travel industry, particularly pent-up demand carried over from the SARS downturn; strong economic performances in the region; the liberalization of aviation; and new low-cost carriers. “During a year when PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre is reporting Asia Pacific arrivals growth of 28 percent over 2003 - 19% above the region’s previous best year in 2000 - it is no wonder that the industry is responding to public demand for Asia Pacific,” he added.

Since resuming operational and marketing control of the event in 2002, PATA has striven to reposition the Mart for future expansion. Peter de Jong said, “For PTM04, we have reinstated the venue rotation system, which offers delegates the opportunity to meet with fresh faces and explore alternative destinations.”

Next year, PTM05 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while Hong Kong will play host to PTM06 in 2006. “Our region deserves a large mainstream travel trade show,” said Peter de Jong. “The turnout at the Mart is a strong endorsement of PATA’s vision for the region.”



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