Jetstar Asia announced its new direct service to the popular city of Hat Yai in Southern Thailand.
From 3 November 2017, Jetstar Asia will operate four flights a week from Singapore to Hat Yai, to meet the demand for visa-free travel between Singapore and Thailand.
Hat Yai, the largest city in Southern Thailand, known for its shopping, entertainment and dining options, is a very popular destination for travellers from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Located at the border between Malaysia and Thailand, Hat Yai is also a traditionally popular destination for a 12-hour road trip from Singapore, for travellers who enjoy drive-holidays.
However, the recent change in the visa requirements by the Thai government for returning visitors by land, has impacted the number of travellers into the border city.
With this new direct service to Hat Yai, returning and new travellers will now be able to fly direct to Hat Yai visa-free for 30 days while allowing them to save on their travel time.
Jetstar Asia Chief Executive Officer, Bara Pasupathi said:
“The flight, which will take only an hour and forty minutes will be the third city in Thailand that Jetstar Asia will fly to.
“With the new service, Indonesian travellers will be able to take advantage of the short connections in Changi from Jakarta, Medan or any of our six Indonesian destinations enroute to Hat Yai.”
This new route will be operated by the airline’s 180-seat A320 aircraft.
The new service will see Jetstar Asia operate up to 51 services a week to Thailand which includes Bangkok and Phuket.
With this announcement, the Jetstar Group of airlines will now operate 70 services from Australia, Vietnam and Singapore to four cities in Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.
Jetstar Pacific announced last week the launch of direct services from Dong Hoi in Vietnam to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.