Thai AirAsia is today the largest low cost carrier based in Thailand, a subsidiary of low cost airline group AirAsia. The airline offers the largest choice of destination out of Bangkok Don Mueang airport and has also bases in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket and U-Tapao-Pattaya.
Thai AirAsia is the biggest airline at Don Mueang and the second largest carrier after national airline Thai Airways International. It is the largest domestic carrier in Thailand with a market share of 32.5> It is also the largest airline in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (without China) with capacity market share of 23%. At the end of 2018, TAA was flying to 9 cities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region out of Bangkok offering 12 routes and 140 flights per week. It has also flights out of Chiang Mai and Phuket to the GMS.
In 2018, TAA carried 21.6 million travellers to and from Thailand, up by 9% over 2017. From that number, 8.2 million travelled on international flights, a growth of 11%. According to the airline, passengers paid an average fare of THB 1,477 last year (US$46.50), down by 2%. The airline had 62 aircraft in its fleet.
2018 was a very good year for the airline in terms of expansion. The carrier opened 21 new routes during the year. That excludes Thai AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate in Thailand.
Out of Bangkok Don Mueang, Thai AirAsia flies to 62 destinations, including 21 domestic destinations. Within the Greater Mekong Subregion, Thai AirAsia is currently flying to Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Mandalay, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Yangon and Vientiane. In May, the airline will start flying to Can Tho and Nha Trang in Vietnam. It plans to fly to Sihanoukville (Cambodia) from July. It has also plans to add at a later date flights to Dalat.
From Chiang Mai, TAA serves Bangkok–Don Mueang, Changsha, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Nanchang, U–Tapao- Pattaya, Phuket, Sanya, Surat Thani and Taipei–Taoyuan. It launched last week flights to Danang.
From Hat Yai, TAA serves Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Kuala Lumpur–International and U-Tapao-Pattaya.
From Krabi, the airline goes to Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.
From Phuket, TAA flies to Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Kunming, Macau, U-Tapao-Pattaya, Siem Reap, Singapore, Udon Thani and Wuhan. The budget carrier will launch flights to Phnom Penh from July.
From U-Tapao-Pattaya, TAA flies to Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Macau, Nanning, Phuket and Udon Thani.
The carrier opened at the end of January a new base in Chiang Rai with flights to Kuala Lumpur, Macao, Phuket and Singapore on sale during the summer season.
They are more destinations offered by TAA sister companies such as AirAsia Malaysia, Indonesia AirAsia or Philippines AirAsia from Thailand while TAA X connects Bangkok to Australia, China, Japan and South Korea.