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Thai Airways launching direct flights to Phuket for “Safe & Sealed” campaign

Caitlin Ashworth

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Thai Airways is dusting off its fleet and getting ready to relaunch international travel, with direct flights to Phuket from 6 countries planned to take off in the next few months. It’s all designed to co-incide with the announced “safe & sealed” campaign which the Thai government hope will re-boot tourism for the beleaguered island.

Thai Airways flights have been grounded since the start of April with aircraft only being used for limited charter and repatriation flight. In other words, barely at all.

The charter flights will fly direct from Denmark, Germany, England, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong to Phuket International Airport. Thai Airways is set to start the flights by the end of November, although the start of the Safe & Sealed campaign is meant to start on October 1.

Thailand’s borders still have tight restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Civil Aviation Authority has banned almost all inbound and outbound international flights since April. Many of the previously scheduled international flights have reverted to carrying freight instead.

Thai Airways says health and safety of both passengers and employees is a top priority and they’ve put coronavirus prevention measures in place. The cabin crew will need to wear protective suits, medical masks and gloves while providing services. The cabin, as well as the cockpits will be sterilised.

They also say social distancing will be applied to “every aspect” of the flight such as seating arrangements and queues for check in. Meals during the flight will be boxed to avoid physical contact, they say. Whether the promised social distancing in the seating arrangements actually transpires is yet to be seen, otherwise the tickets will end up hideously expensive.

The airline says they also teamed up with Royal Orchid Holidays which has alternative state quarantine accommodations prepared for tourists. Members of Royal Orchid Plus can redeem miles for Thai Airways.

A limited number of Phuket hotels have so far been selected to participate in the Safe and Sealed program although new hotels are being added each day. The Thaiger will pubish a full list of registered hotels in coming days.

SOURCES: THAI Airways |Phuket News

 

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    Luigi

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    End of november ?

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    Tony T

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Good luck with that, there will be alot of empty seats.

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    Mark Dryburgh

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    How about thai airways firstly reimburess all their members and customers who already paid to travel to Thailand early this year but couldn’t last I heard they were asking the thai government to bail them out.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    They will apply social distancing in the plane? Expect the plane ticket to be 1500 USD or more (you buy at least two seats)… End of November, few returnees will make zero difference, massive layoffs and bakruptcies to be expected! My money is on an emergency reopening early 2021 (when Thai banks will close the accounting year with massive provisions for uncollectible loans).

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    Geoff

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Ah well, it’s a start, but I think very expensive.

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    Jack Sombra

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    This is what? 3rd or 4th time TA has given a new start date?

    Also have authorities not made clear under safe & sealed flights will have to come into BKK?

    Also interesting Emirates is today claiming to be starting Sept 1 flights TO BKK.

    Reality is untill CAAT says something all are just blowing hot air hoping people will book even if flights never happen, airlines have the money already

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    Roger Elliot

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Why would you take the risk of booking a flight on an airline that is in Bankruptcy.

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    Thomas

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    why should I, as a tourist, put myself through this ordeal? It has nothing to do with holidays. Then I prefer to avoid Thailand for the time being, until they understand that Corona is not as dangerous as they try to make us believe. At the latest when the tourism industry collapses they will beg for us!

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    Karl

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    can i pay my ticket after arrival?

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    Tony T

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    As per Marks comment, pay us back for our earlier bookings first.
    Thai Airways will accept your booking payment for November, December now then cancel the flights so you will chase your money for another year. I for one will no longer subsidise them.

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    RR

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I already have a voucher that can allow me to flight for free there, and I suppose many have too. Thai can fail tomorrow

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    Bobby m

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Q. How do you place an already bankrupt company in a worse situation

    A. Involve them in a crazy Safe and Sealed scheme

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    Rogier

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:50 am

    Even if I got such a flight and (quarantine) hotel for free, I would decline that offer.

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    Joe

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:15 am

    The high number of tourists that came last year has gone to their heads, do they really think that people are going to pay big bucks to be stuck in one place for 2 weeks?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    It seems that Thai airways are the only airline who will serve this new deal.
    They have a monopoly. Why?
    Another Thai scam?
    It will become worse if Thai Airways take the fares and then does not fly.
    At the moment Thai Airway owe B24 billion to passengers who did not fly.
    They have had no refund, just credit. Credit on an airline that is about to go bankrupt!
    Karl makes a good point: Can I pay after arrival?
    Well why not?
    But then Karl you have to fly home . . .

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    Ian Butler

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    What a joke how many tourists will be prepared to lose 21 days of thier holiday stuck in phuket paying for expensive flights hotelsxwe didn’t want and locked in a 1km zone Thailand get real you are not looming at the rest of the world you are blinkered your country is going under and you just turn a blind eye I’m so sorry for the Thai people having to put up with this stupid dictatorship the king lives a life of luxury while the people suffer rise up Thailand and fight for your beutiful country and yes we are all still waiting for our money from my flight in march

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    Ian Butler

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Yes Toby and Karl i agree we aren’t all pensioners or retired some have to come home to earn that lovely money to keep your country afloat once again the thai government not thinking a plan through just open up the country do tests in your own country then tests on arrival in Thailand then all should be fine talk about total caution they who hesitate lise think on Thailand your not the only desirable country around Vietnam philipines are ready to take your tourists I’m sure

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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