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New routes to Taichung, Chiang Mai in April

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Two new routes could begin operating from the Macau International Airport in April, linking the city to Taichung, in Taiwan, and to Chiang Mai, in Thailand, the aviation regulator confirmed yesterday.
According to a Civil Aviation Authority of Macau (AACM) spokesperson, Kuala Lumpur-based budget carrier AirAsia has submitted an application to start flying once a day to Chiang Mai from April 9.
If the request is approved it would mark the end of a lengthy wait for flights to the northern Thailand city. AirAsia first said it was looking at the business potential for a route to Chiang Mai in March 2011.
The aviation authority is also assessing an application from Taipei-based Mandarin Airlines for a new route to Taichung, Taiwan’s third international airport. However the service set to start on April 21 would be charter, not a regulator route.
In addition low-cost Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, wants to fly twice a day between Bangkok and Macau starting July 1, and AACM said the approval process is underway.

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