Posted on: 11 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Thai Lion Air is launching a three times weekly service linking Medan with Hat Yai, one of the main gateways into southern Thailand.
Hat Yai is also Thai Lion Air’s second major hub, which means that passengers from Medan can make convenient connections in Hat Yai to other destinations in Thailand using Thai Lion Air.
“Rather than travel to Jakarta and then fly to Bangkok, people from Medan can fly to Hat Yai and then connect to a flight to Bangkok,” explained Thai Lion Air executive managing director, Andi Burhan, adding that this is a faster, more convenient way to get to Bangkok.
Thai Lion Air’s Medan-Hat Yai service uses a new ATR 72-600, while the Hat Yai–Bangkok service uses new Boeing 737-900ERs.
Thai Lion Air also has ATR 72-600 service from Hat Yai to the city of Surat Thani in southern Thailand, as well as to Hua Hin, a popular beachside town on the Gulf of Thailand.
In addition, Thai Lion Air is launching a three times weekly ATR 72-600 service on 13 April linking Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur Subang in Malaysia.
“The decision to launch services from Hat Yai to Medan and Subang airport in Kuala Lumpur is part of our commitment to help develop passenger services between ASEAN countries,” noted Burhan.
Thai Lion Air operates a fleet of four 737-900ERs and one ATR 72-600. By year end it aims to increase its 737-900ER fleet to eight.