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Domestic air passenger numbers double those of January

Maya Taylor

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Passenger numbers on domestic flights within Thailand have doubled within a month, rising from 4,000 in January to over 10,000 this month. Having nearly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, domestic travel plummeted once more when Covid-19 resurfaced late last year.

Apirat Chaiwongnoi from the Department of Airports says 15 of Thailand’s 29 airports are now operating domestic flights, with more expected to follow. He believes the aviation sector will continue to recover further in the coming 6 months, bolstered by the national vaccine rollout.

Around 120 domestic flights a day are now operating, which is twice the number that were operating at the lowest point in the crisis. Prior to the resurgence of the virus in December, domestic passenger numbers had recovered to 30,000 – 40,000 a day, around 80% of pre-pandemic numbers.

The DoA says airports must continue to adhere to the Covid-19 hygiene measures put in place by the Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    James R

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:05 am

    And yet the number of cases of the virus stays the same, it is pure ‘magic’ ?.

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      Slugger

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Its actually reducing by the day, but dont let that influence your predjudice.

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    Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    ‘WWwwwhhhhooooppppeeeee Dooooo!!!” OMG! This is such Amazing news! Soooo excited. I bet the TAT (“TWATS AT TAT”) are now already penning press releases to say “tourism is back” on the menu!
    MORE SPIN FROM THE COVID ADDICTS A.K.A. “The Media!” (knob-‘eds!)

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    Dave Macarelli

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:22 am

    And the truly astonishing aspect of this, that few seem to be discussing, is that this could have been at least partly avoided, had Prayuth and Anutin, taken action early, and decisively. Instead, the whole country is made to suffer the consequences of inaction, of not locking down ground zero, Samut Sakorn (just a relatively small section of the province, actually) the first day of the second outbreak. It is beyond comprehension. It should have been locked down like a maximum security penitentiary. Cordoned off. Nobody comes in or out. And can anyone guess why it wasn’t? It is one of the largest seafood distribution centers in Thailand, and it would have meant the loss of a small fortune, for some. So, it came down to sacrificing a large fortune, and the nations economy, for a relatively small out of money, coming from those seafood sales. Nothing else makes sense. No other explanation means anything, or comes close to breaking down why this action as not decisively taken. Sure, the main market was closed. But, people were allowed to travel freely, and become super spreaders. Just incredibly dumb policy and a nearly unforgivable lack of action.

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