Thai AirAsia X will launch four-times weekly services from Bangkok Don Mueang to Brisbane from 25 June, making it the first AirAsia-branded carrier to serve the Queensland capital.
FlightGlobal schedules data shows that the flights, which will be operated by Airbus A330-300s, will compete with Thai Airways International’s four weekly Boeing 777 services that fly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.
“This new route to Brisbane will not only increase traffic between Thailand and Queensland, but importantly provide guests with a low-cost option to explore Bangkok and the more than 130 destinations found in AirAsia’s network,” says AirAsia X Group chief executive Nadda Buranasiri.
The decision by the carrier to launch flights to Brisbane is unusual, given that AirAsia X has served the greater Brisbane region from the nearby Gold Coast airport since it launched in 2007.
It appears that the carrier was granted a number of incentives to fly to Brisbane, with the airport noting that the services were secured with support from the Queensland state government.