Air asia flights into Don muang - experience so far...
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 6:42 AM Last Post By: idabagus
Oct 4, 2012 1:52 PM
Air asia flights into Don muang - experience so far...Hi,
I know that air asia have only just started flying from Don Muang but doe anyone have any experience of arriving at the airport yet?
Did the flight arrive on time?
Did immigration take long?
Did the bags come quickly?
The reason I ask is that we land there soon at 7.15pm and I want to know if trying to catch train to Chiang mai at 8.23pm will be pushing it?
I understand that the train station is close but I have no experience of flying with airasia.
Any help would be appreciated.
Oct 4, 2012 2:26 PM
1Whether other flights arrived on time or not is completely irrelevant. Only your flight matters. Problem with AirAsia is that they schedule very tightly, so delays early in the day tend to keep rolling over - if they're going to be late it's usually evening flights. That doesn't mean your own flight will be late, however!
You're cutting it fine - BUT you may well be okay if you arrive on time. There are clear signs to Train Station and Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel (same exit) - it's literally just across the main highway alongside the airport. There's a covered bridge which takes you from the terminal across the highway, and then down to the station (the hotel is farther along, so don't miss the exit to station in your rushing!). Entry to the bridge is towards the Northern end of the terminal - to right hand side as you face the exits. There's a lift as soon as you go through the doors.
Worst case scenario - if you miss train 13 then you still have train 51 at 22.49. If this happens, get your tickets and then maybe head back to the airport for snacks - or there is a cafe back up on the bridge just before the escalator down into the Amari hotel lobby. Good luck.
Oct 4, 2012 3:27 PM
2Air Asia is notorious for taking off 15 or 20 minutes late. You're definitely not going to be left any wiggle room. Might as well take the later train and get a good dinner somewhere in Bangkok (the train food sucks).
Oct 4, 2012 4:58 PM
Actually they are not. In any event, late take off generally doesn't mean late arrival and it's the arrival that matters when you have onward travel. It's well known that worldwide airlines publish flight durations that have a built-in buffer.
As per above, when they have delays they generally occur later in the day, for reason stated. Over the scores of flights I have done with them I have quite often departed minutes earlier and arrived earlier than scheduled.
AirAsia arrived on time 80% of the time in the last survey period over 11,000 flights. The average delay WHEN they are late has been 16.99 minutes.
That's for the AK designator. For the Thai-based designator FD it's slightly better.
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Oct 5, 2012 4:15 AM
11@9 All trains on the Northern line stop at Don Muang and as above it is a very easy transfer. It is not unheard of for trains to be late by the time they reaches DM but from what I have seen this one is usually on time
I do not know what immigration and customs is like now at the airport but when all the international flights went there I was nearly always able to be at the station an hour after landing (I can only remember once when it took longer). Aim to sit near the front of the plane, there are not that many international flights but as i said I have no idea how they staff the passport control now
Personally I would go to a bar/resturant outside the airport if you are catching the later train
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Oct 6, 2012 9:45 PM
14Airport seems irrelevant to me...been flying Air Asia repeatedly the last few months and have never left on time, except in Phnom Penh, which only has 4 jetways anyways, and the plane was already there waiting for us, so that might explain it.
I find them to be repeatedly late and often by up to an hour or more - they don't allow enough time to flip the planes and offload/onload passengers, so I wouldn't cut it that close. Safe travels!!
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