Thai Lion Air

Company information

Thai Lion Air is a relatively new airline, founded in 2013, and is an associate company of the Indonesia-based Lion Air. The airline is based in Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, from where it serves 22 destinations across Thailand and Asia.

The airline has 25 planes in its fleet, carrying a maximum capacity of 215 passengers. The company's very first scheduled flight was between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Routes served by Thai Lion Air

Thai Lion Air services domestic destinations across Thailand as well as international routes to airports in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. As with all flights, prices can change rapidly so plan ahead, but Thai Lion Air is almost always offers the most budget friendly options. The prices below are listed as a guide only and refer to flights from Don Mueang.

Most popular domestic destinations

For visitors looking to travel around Thailand, there are plenty of options with this airline. There are 11 departures to Chiang Mai each day, with a journey time of 1 ¼ hours and tickets available from around THB800. These flights depart throughout the day between 08.55-22.25. If you want to head to one of Thailand's famous beaches there are numerous scheduled flights to Krabi and Phuket every day, priced at around THB800.

Most popular iInternational destinations

If you want to pop over to Vietnam, that's easy as well. There are eight flights per week to Hanoi (at 10.00 and 17.35) and one every day leaving for Ho Chi Minh City at 05.25, with both taking less than two hours and priced from around THB1,100.

There are many options for those wanting to visit other countries within SE Asia as well. There are two departures daily to Singapore, at 07.40 and 15.40, taking around 2 ¾ hours, usually costing around THB1,800. There are also two flights every day making the one hour journey to connect Bangkok with Yangon in Myanmar (09.05 and 18.15), with prices often approximately THB1,200. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, is further away but there is also a departure every day at 19.05, with the 3 ½ -hour flight costing about THB2,300.

Thai Lion Air also service destinations across China. There are around 10 departures each week to Guangzhou, with a journey time of just under three hours. Chengdu has one flight a day at 22.05, taking the same amount of time as flying to Guangzhou, with similar prices of close to THB2,300. Those looking to travel to Nanjing can expect to pay slightly more, maybe around THB3,000, but there are seven flights per week making the four hour journey.

Pros

The biggest benefit with travelling with Thai Lion Air is that checked luggage is included, even sports equipment! This is the case for both domestic flights, where you receive a complimentary 15kg of baggage, and international flights where this allowance increases to 20kg. You can, of course, pay a little bit extra if your luggage is heavier but this is a real money-saver!

Although the fares can sometimes be higher than some of their competitors, not having to pay for luggage can make the flight cheaper. Plus they also regularly offer promotional fares which can be great value.

Thai Lion Air also allow you to choose your seat for free, not something that some other budget airlines offer.

Cons

Unfortunately, Thai Lion Air does not offer complimentary food or drink on its flights. You can purchase snacks and drinks when on the plane but as anyone who has flown before will know, this isn't always the best quality and usually expensive.

The aircrafts also do not have any in-flight entertainment. Whilst this probably won't be an issue for very short domestic flights lasting an hour or two, on longer flights this can be a pain. It's best to have a good book handy!

Keep in mind

Thai Lion Air is a fairly new airline so the services are continuously being expanded and improved. If they don't fly to whichever destination you want to travel to, chances are they will in a year or two. So keep your eyes peeled for any new route announcements.

When travelling with children, it's worth bearing in mind that those over the age of two will be required to pay full price for their ticket. Infants, children under two years old, are typically charged at around 30% of a full fare.

Travellers reviews

Travellers are always pleasantly surprised to learn that luggage is included when they book a flight with Thai Lion Air. This is a pretty rare perk in Asia and unheard of in Europe where budget airlines will always charge for checked bags. This can often be almost as much as the flight itself! Many customers leave glowing reviews of the airline, almost solely based on the fact that they aren't required to pay additional fees for luggage.

Complaints about Thai Lion Air tend to focus on the size of the seats on their flights. Unfortunately, for many travellers of average height or above, it is likely to be a bit of a squeeze and may not make for the most comfortable flight. This shouldn't be too much of an issue with domestic flights but if you're travelling for four hours, from Bangkok to Nanjing for example, then this could be something to consider.

Finally, as is the case with airlines across the globe, delays are not uncommon. It's always worth leaving plenty of time if you have a connecting flight, just in case. This is especially true if you need to travel from Don Mueang International Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport, as Bangkok is notoriously busy at the best of times!

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Thai Lion Air Company Reviews

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4 284
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99.7% of 32,893 travelers were presumably happy with Thai Lion Air as they left good or no review

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Jan 22, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Bood flight
Jan 21, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
We had to pay 6000 baht for our luggage. It was 20kg. Nobody told us that we had to pay this. It wasn’t an option to book extra kg when we bought the tickets. There was no other option at the counter then to pay the 6000 if we wanted to continue our flight. We asked for an explanation but we didn’t get it because the could not explain it in english.
Jan 20, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
I took 1.5 hrs just to take off. We had to wait inside the plane and there was some sketchy sound coming from the plane, I try to ask the crew what's going on and they did not know or want it to inform me
Jan 20, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Would give zero stars if I could. Absolutely terrible service and I will be making a formal complaint about my experience in the airport and flight
Jan 19, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Al is ok. :-)
Jan 19, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Good experience. All staff and crew were professional and courteous. Flight was delayed 15 minutes but not an issue. We traveled with only carryon and met the 7 kg limit. However I wasn't sure of the weight beforehand and wanted to purchase 5 kg extra online just in case to avoid the higher cost at the airport. My credit card (CanadIan issued Visa) was rejected. When I called the airline they I formed me that I was only able to purchase with a Thai card. This appears to be a money grab from tourists and is very disappointing. In the end it didn't effect us but I think it's a bad policy.
Jan 19, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Spóźnienie 45 min
Jan 18, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Great airport and flight
Jan 17, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Not beat
Jan 14, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Almost 1 hour delayed, rest all ok
Jan 13, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Booked with 12go, no issues. Airline service and flight was good.
Jan 11, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Everything was great, good service. Booked with 12go and would do it again.
Jan 10, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Pretty organized trip, safer was priority and made it just over expected travel time
Jan 10, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Good!
Jan 4, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
10 kg of luggage is not enough.
Jan 4, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Economical. Free luggage allowance. Quick trip. Running late and they still made it so we can check baggage.
Jan 1, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Good service, thanks
Dec 30, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Everything is okay
Dec 30, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Nice.
Dec 28, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Agréable voyage
Dec 26, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Fast and effective
Dec 23, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Easy check in, great seat, helpful cabin staff. Very easy to book online.
Dec 17, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Very pleasant trip, nice service :)
Dec 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Very pleased flight New plane and quick
Dec 11, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
The departure time lated about 90 min.
Dec 9, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Uçaklar temiz ve saatinde kalktı,personel güler yüzlü memnun kaldım , teşekkürler Thai lion air.
Dec 4, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Very clean and nice airline
Nov 30, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Was good,20 minutes was later
Nov 30, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Good service, fast check in
Nov 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Last minute booking, happy with everything.
Nov 13, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
The wait for our luggage was ridiculously long.
Nov 10, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Good flight, smooth landing
Nov 9, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Depart and arrive time was not in time, was late
Nov 3, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Ok
Oct 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
No delays, great aircraft
Oct 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
For such a cheap price I was happy with the flight. Quick check in and the staff is very nice. Minimal leg room and no free drinks of snacks. Minimal baggage allowance but the check in process was easy. You get what you pay for. Flight was smooth. Overall happy with our trip.
Oct 1, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Very kindly and professional!!!! Thanks
Sep 26, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Excellent service
Sep 21, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
Horrible process of luggage check in.
Sep 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Great service

Thai Lion Air Stations

Don Mueang Airport Kuala Lumpur Airport Singapore Airport Chiang Mai Airport Chiang Rai Airport Hat Yai Airport Krabi Airport Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Phuket Airport Surat Thani Airport Ubon Ratchathani Airport Udonthani Airport Yangon Airport Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Ho Chi Minh Airport Noibai Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Utapao Pattaya Airport Taoyuan Airport Phitsanulok Airport Khon Kaen Airport Trang Airport Nanjing Airport Chongqing Airport Chengdu Airport Nanchang Airport Wuhan Airport Changsha Airport Zhengzhou Airport Changzhou Airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport Ningbo Airport Pu Dong Airport Tianjin Binhai Airport Xian Xianyang Airport Hefei Airport Shenzhen Baoan Airport Tribhuvan Airport Narita Airport