Thai AirAsia, a low-cost airline that is a part of the AirAsia Aviation Group, a Malaysian airline has inaugurated the Dhaka-Bangkok flight.
The Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka hosted the official launch of Thai AirAsia on Saturday (26 Nov). Md. Mahbub Ali, state minister for tourism and civil aviation, attended the occasion as the main guest.
By cutting a cake to mark the official debut, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali expressed his optimism that Air Asia’s entrance into the aviation industry will benefit passengers by fostering fair competition among carriers.
He said, “ I believe this airline will establish positive competition and cooperation, which will be helpful for passengers,” said Mahbub Ali.
He hoped that Air Asia would operate their flights by maintaining service quality and safety.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Maﬁdur Rahman, Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Makawadee Sumitmor, Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Haznah Md Hashim, and Thai Air Asia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Santisuk Klongchalya were also present as special guests.
Thai Air Asia GSA, TAS Aviation Chairman KM Mozibul Hoque, Vice-Chairman and CEO Sheikh Mamunul Hoque, Managing Director Morsedul Alam Chaklader; directors Kazi Shah Muzakker Ahmadul Hoque, Md Atiqur Rahman Masud, Anwar Abedin Manik and other members of the company also joined the event.
Following dinner, the same location hosted a raffle drawing and an award presentation for AirAsia’s top 10 agents.
On Friday (25 November), the maiden flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport touched down at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
There will be four flights per week between Dhaka and Don Mueang thanks to the airline. However, the airline intends to run flights from Sylhet and Chittagong to Bangkok’s Suvarna Airport in the future in response to passenger pressure.
A traveller is permitted to bring 20 kg of baggage. If the weight is more than that, though, there will be a fee.
Minimum fares start from 22,000 Tk. The passenger’s choice of ticket class will affect this fee, though.
Since 2015, 14 flights per week have been run between Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia, which has been named the finest low-cost airline in the world for 13 years in a row by Skytrax awards. In keeping with its mission statement of “Now Everyone Can Fly,” the corporation has opened up a new route for travellers from Bangladesh to take advantage of AirAsia’s competitive and reasonable tickets.