Thailand’s AirAsia X Kills Tehran Flight

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Photo credit: Air Asia X

Thailand’s low-cost, long-haul carrier AirAsiaX has canceled its Bangkok-Tehran flights, according to a report from the Bangkok Post on December 22.
The newspaper says that the airline “received lower than predicted numbers” and halted all flights between the two capitals from December 5 onwards.

The company, TAAX has struggled to keep the route open after real demand for the supposedly cheap flight was less than satisfactory for the past few months.

TAAX’s departure means that all connections between Bangkok and the two Middle Eastern capitals will be handled by full-service airlines.

Bangkok-Tehran flights are operated by Iran-based Mahan Airlines and Thai Airways International (THAI), which commenced service in October.

Our Take
The cancellation of the Tehran-Bangkok flights leaves many bemused due to the sudden halt of a seemingly favorable flight, especially as Thailand is a popular destination for young Iranians looking to relax.

Several issues have likely contributed to the downfall of the low-cost carrier, including; not partnering with tour agencies, issues with visa restrictions for Iranians as well as their website booking portal not accepting Iranian payment systems.

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