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Monday, April 14, 2014

Direct Thai Lion Air Flights From Medan to Hat Yai will begin soon

As ASEAN member states push for the region's single community, connecting its people is part of its ongoing commitment. Apart from the speed train being talked about that links most of the ASEAN countries to China, low-cost privately run airlines are now open to fly in cities within the region.

Thai Lion Air — a subsidiary of Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest privately run airline — has announced the instatement of direct flights connecting Medan, North Sumatra and Hat Yai in Thailand.

"People in Medan who want to fly to Bangkok won't have to go all the way to Jakarta to catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, they can use Thai Lion Air to Hat Yai and continue their journey from there," Thai Lion Air executive managing director Andi Burhan said on Friday.

Hat Yai, the largest city in the south, is home to Thai Lion Air’s second largest hub in Thailand, after Bangkok.

The new flights were scheduled to leave three times a week. The company said an ATR 72-600 would fly the route, with a Boeing 737-900 ER handling transfers to Bangkok.

Not only Indonesians will benefit for the airline's availability as the company also said it would launch thrice-a-week flights from Hat Yai to KualaLumpur, Malaysia. 

“Our decision to open flight routes from Hat Yai to Medan and Hat Yai to Subang in Kuala Lumpur was made as part of our commitment to improve the international flight service among ASEAN countries,” Andi said.



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