The twice-weekly flight CA705/6 will operate on Tuesday and Friday, using Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights will depart Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport at 19.30 hrs. and arrive in Chiang Mai at 22.00 hrs. The return service will leave Chiang Mai at 23.00 hrs, and reach Wuhan at 02.45 hrs. of the next day.
China is now the biggest visitor source market for Thailand. In the first 10 months of this year, Thailand welcomed 4.05 million tourists from the mainland, representing an 84.08 per cent increase over the same period in 2012.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, has become popular among Chinese tourists in recent years, due largely to its unique history, culture and abundant natural attractions.
The northern Thai city has also received more air links from cities in China, and awareness among Chinese visitors following the release of the hit Chinese movie, “Lost in Thailand”.
The recently-launched thrice-weekly Beijing-Chiang Mai flights CA823/4 utilises a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Air China also operates a Beijing-Bangkok service with three flights per day, using a B777 and B737-800, and a Beijing-Phuket service with three flights per week, using a B737-800.