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Easy Airlines Launches New Routes in Southern Thailand

The Transportation Innovation News Team reports that Easy Airlines, a new venture from M-Landarch Co., Ltd., has commenced operations in the United States. The airline has introduced the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, registered as HS-EASY, directly from the manufacturer. The first aircraft, featuring distinctive blue stripes and the airline’s spigot cage bird logo, seats 12 passengers along with the pilot and co-pilot, for a total of 14 seats. Easy Airlines aims to become the premier airline in the South, promising safety, punctuality, convenience, and speed under its slogan “Easy every journey.”

The new aircraft will be officially welcomed at Hua Hin Airport on May 24, 2024, and is set to launch in October 2024, with commercial passenger services beginning in the fourth quarter of 2024. Easy Airlines plans to expand its routes to cover four additional destinations in the southern region: Hatyai-Narathiwat, Hatyai-Phuket, Hatyai-Krabi, and Hatyai-Trang, each with a travel time of less than 60 minutes. This expansion is expected to boost the economy and tourism in the region.

Easy Airlines has already received a license to operate a new air navigation business from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and has taken delivery of its first aircraft. However, before it can begin commercial passenger service, the airline must obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the CAAT. Currently, Easy Airlines is in the process of meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and CAAT standards. This includes document and evidence review (step 3), ground and air operations inspection (step 4), and finally, the issuance of the AOC (step 5).

In addition to preparing for the launch, Easy Airlines is actively procuring more aircraft and pilots to support its planned routes. The reopening of the Hatyai-Betong route by Easy Airlines is particularly noteworthy, as it aims to rejuvenate Betong Airport. The airport, managed by the Department of Airports (DOH), has seen no commercial flights since Nok Air ceased operations on the Bangkok (Don Mueang)-Betong route in November 2020. Local residents and tourists have been eagerly awaiting the return of commercial flights, and Easy Airlines’ entry into the market promises to fulfill this demand.

Officials and representatives from various sectors are expected to attend the inaugural event at Hua Hin Airport, underscoring the significance of this new venture in enhancing regional connectivity and economic growth.

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