By The Nation
Nadda Buranasiri, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia X, said Tokyo is the number one destination for Thai travellers to Japan and predicts that the number will grow as this year continues. The city has high potential for repeat visits, group tours and Fully Independent Travellers (FIT) as it serves as a jump off point to the World Heritage City of Nikko and the natural splendour of Nagano, both of which are becoming increasingly popular. The trend unlocks new travel opportunities, indicating that Japan truly offers boundless tourism experiences.
“Meanwhile, Thailand has also grown its popularity among Japanese visitors. According to 2017 statistics, the number of Japanese travellers to Thailand rose seven per cent from the previous year and we believe we can contribute more to the growing proportion of both Japanese and foreign travellers. As a leading low-cost airline in the region, we are proud to be supporting the growth of tourism and the economies of both Thailand and Japan.
“We are committed to improving our services and maintaining our record set last year of being consistently reliable in terms of On-Time Performance, averaging as high as 92 per cent on all the routes combined. This accomplishment signifies our strength beyond being a low-cost carrier but demonstrating high quality services which helps us grow constantly,” Nadda said.
The AirAsia brand is becoming better received in the Japanese market and Thai AirAsia X is determined to continually promote its routes from Don Mueang to Tokyo, Osaka and the newly added Sapporo. The airline is supported by flights from its fellow AirAsia group members operating out of Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Hawaii as well as AirAsia Japan which operates domestic flights in the country.
The new XJ602 flight will depart from Don Mueang at 5.05 am in the morning and arrive at Tokyo (Narita) at 1.10pm while flight XJ603 will depart Tokyo (Narita) at 2.25 pm to arrive in Don Mueang at 7.10 pm. The route will be serviced by an Airbus A330-300 and is being introduced with promotional fares starting at Bt3,333 one way (for the added flight). Bookings can be made from now until February 4 for travel from March 25 to October 27. Details and booking are available at www.AirAsia.com.