Thai AirAsia is betting that the easing of travel restrictions in Japan and Thailand will translate to strong pent-up demand for flights between the two countries. The airline, along with many others, is adding new routes in the market as the Asian travel recovery picks up.
The airline, which is the Thailand-based affiliate of Malaysia’s Capital A, will begin thrice-weekly flights between Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport and Fukuoka with Airbus A320 family aircraft on October 12. It will be Thai AirAsia’s (not to be confused with Thai AirAsia X) first route to Japan. The addition is one new route amid the rapid return of Japan-Thailand flights later this year, which happen to coincide with the easing of travel restrictions in both countries.