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AirAsia Malaysia to Resume Flights Between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya, Thailand

(14/03/24)  AirAsia Malaysia (flight code AK) has confirmed plans to resume flights between the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur and the popular holiday destination of Pattaya, Thailand.

Scheduled to take off on 17 June 2024, the airline will operate the route with thrice weekly flights every Monday, Friday and Sunday.

Flight AK840 is timed to depart from Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL) at 11:00 and arrive at U-Tapao Rayong / Pattaya Airport (UTP) at 12:05.

From Pattaya, flight AK841 is slated to leave at 12:30, arriving at KUL at 15:30.

Sunset, a jetski and banana boat in Pattaya, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Sunset, a jetski and banana boat in Pattaya, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

The reinstatement of the route to Pattaya marks the airline’s ninth direct route to Thailand from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang post-pandemic, after Bangkok - Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi (BKK), Krabi, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hatyai.

“We are pleased to announce the resumption of services to the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, providing the only direct connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to the city,” said Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group. “This addition to our vast network in Thailand underscores our continued commitment to making travel more accessible to second tier cities such as Pattaya. With approximately 2.7 million guests flying from Malaysia to Thailand throughout 2023, we firmly believe that the return of this popular route will boost the number of travellers to and from Thailand this year.”

As the eighth largest city in Thailand, Pattaya has always long been a highly sought after tourism destination for both domestic and international travellers.

In 2019, AirAsia flew over 60,000 travellers between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya Airport which is only approximately 25 minutes from Pattaya beach.

U-Tapao Airport (UTP) in Rayong / Pattaya, Thailand - Interview with Ampika Chadawong at Routes Asia 2024

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