To facilitate the high travel demand during the Buddhist pilgrimage season, Air Asia will operate direct flights between Bangkok Don Mueang and Varanasi in India. Considered to be one of the four holy sites in Buddhism, Varanasi is 13km from Sarnath, a must-visit spot for Buddhists.

Air Asia’s new service will start from November 25, 2019 and will be functional four days a week.

 Flight Schedule:

Flight No Departure Arrival Time of Departure Time of Arrival Frequency
FD108 Don Mueang International Airport Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport 1205 1350 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
FD109 Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Don Mueang International Airport 1420 1850 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Commenting on this upcoming service, Santisuk Klongchaiya, chief executive officer, Air Asia Thailand said, “India presents a fantastic opportunity for Air Asia, thanks to its high growth potential and strong spending power.

“Today’s announcement gives younger Thai travellers and religious pilgrims the opportunity to experience Varanasi’s rich, vibrant culture, while at the same time encourage the people of Varanasi to explore Bangkok’s many sights and attractions.”

The inaugural fare on the Bangkok-Varanasi route start from as low as 2,690 baht for one way.

In addition to Varanasi, Air Asia connects Bangkok Don Mueang with Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jaipur, Kochi, Ahmedabad, and Gaya (seasonal) in India.

Apurva Minchekar