Based on average annual passenger arrivals, Chiang Mai Airport is Thailand’s fourth busiest airport. The facility is the gateway to Chiang Mai Province and is served by more than 20 airlines. It has multiple flight connections with Bangkok’s two airports. In addition, other routes link to domestic Thai locations which include Phuket, Krabi and Hat Yai as well as international cities throughout Asia.
The Thai national airline, Thai Airways, and Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways and Thai Vietjet Air fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai. AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Vietjet Air and Thai Lion Air operate flights from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport. With so many airlines operating on this route, competition for passengers is fierce. With advance bookings and a little luck it is possible to get fares at prices comparable to those of buses and trains.
International flight routes to Chiang Mai are mostly from cities in neighbouring ASEAN bloc nations, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. AirAsia operates direct flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Macau. Bangkok Airways flies to Mandalay and Yangon, Thai Airways to Kunming in southwest China, and Lao Airlines to Luang Prabang in Laos. Chinese and Korean airlines fly to Chiang Mai from the likes of Beijing, Guangzhou and Seoul. The following pages provide in-dept information about Bangkok and Chiang Mai airports, include facilities and services.