Please be advised that effective 1 October 2012, Air Asia flights to Bangkok will arrive at Don Mueang International Airport (ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง) instead of Suvarnabhumi International airport. This is as per announcement posted in Air Asia’s website in June 2012:
AirAsia Ready to Transfer Flight Operations to Don Mueang Airport from October 1st, 2012
Bangkok, 25 June 2012
AirAsia affirms its readiness to transfer all operations to Don Mueang International Airport by October 1st, 2012. The airline assures Don Mueang Airport will be able to accommodate its growing fleet and provide its customers with the utmost satisfaction.
Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said that AirAsia’s decision to return to Don Mueang Airport was carefully assessed as he noted that the capabilities of Don Mueang Airport are in line with AirAsia’s own growth plan. Thorough consideration into transferring to Don Mueang Airport found that the airport’s capabilities, coupled with the Airports of Thailand Company’s assistance measures, meant AirAsia could better manage its cost more effectively and provide passengers with improved service.
“The uncongested Don Mueang Airport is sure to prove a benefit to AirAsia when it boosts its fleet of Airbus A320s to a total of 48 and welcomes more customers. The airport’s location also makes it conducive to further travel. Prospective travelers should have confidence in what Don Mueang has to offer”, said Mr. Tassapon.
AirAsia has scheduled October 1st this year as the date when all of its services will be based at Don Mueang Airport. The airline’s flights will retain their FD code and original schedules. Passengers who are affected by the switch to Don Mueang Airport, may alter their flights by either choosing another travel date on the same route either 7 days before or after their original travel date, at no additional cost. Passengers also have an option to convert the paid flight into credit shell available to be used within the next 90 days. The change options are only available to affected passengers who purchased their tickets before 26 June 2012 whose travel dates are from 1 October 2012 onwards. For further information and developments visit www.airasia.com or contact the AirAsia Call Center at 02-515-999.
Many Malaysians and other international travellers would travel to Bangkok via Air Asia due to the competitive pricing. For those who logon to Air Asia’s website to do the booking, a notice is given after you select your flight destination to/from Bangkok that the destination would be Don Muang (the previous international airport before Suwarnabhumi was built). For those who have booked the flight earlier, before 26 June 2012, you can arrange for another travel date or convert the booking to credit.
When I first travelled to Bangkok, it was only Don Meung airport then. Basically I find it convenient as Don Meung is located right next to the intercity train station that enabled me to buy train tickets to Northeast Thailand. Don Meung is located within the town and hence the surrounding roads are jammed. Unless you are taking a transit flight, if your final destination is Bangkok, it’s not that bad- there would be much less conjestion there 🙂
And by leaving the airport, you can take the overhead bridge and walk to surrounding areas to have the taste of your first authentic local meal. This is different from the new airport Suvarnabhumi International airport which is located in the outskirts.