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Thai Airways, the beleaguered national carrier currently undergoing a “rehabilitation” process (code for bankruptcy and restructure proceedings), says it’s laying on a number of special flights to destinations outside the Kingdom this month. Nation Thailand reports that the airline is introducing flights to Hong Kong, Taipei, London, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Executive Vice President Wiwat Piyawiroj says the flights are being provided to help those who need to travel to those destinations.

Thai Airways is already under fire for not refunding, or long delays in refunding, tickets sold before the grounding of the airline, for dates after the closure of the Thai borders.

The details of the new routes can be found below. All times are local…

Bangkok – Hong Kong
October 21: Departing Bangkok at 1.55pm, arriving Hong Kong 5.40pm
October 28: Departing Bangkok at 2.00pm, arriving Hong Kong at 5.45pm

Bangkok – Taipei
October 8, 16, 23: Departing Bangkok at 8.25am, arriving Taipei 1.05pm
October 30: Departing Bangkok at 8.15am, arriving Taipei at 12.45am

Bangkok – London
October 4, 11, and 18: Departing Bangkok at 12.50am, arriving London at 7.10pm
October 25: Departing Bangkok at 1.20pm, arriving London 7.35pm

Bangkok – Copenhagen
October 4, 11, and 18: Departing Bangkok at 6.50am, arriving Copenhagen at 1.05pm
October 25: Departing Bangkok at 6.50pm, arriving Copenhagen 12.35am

Bangkok – Stockholm
October 14: Departing Bangkok at 7.05am, arriving Stockholm at 1.10pm

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    They owe one billion US dollars in unpaid refunds to passengers.
    Do they seriously expect anyone is going to pay upfront for another flight on Thai Airways?
    Most countries in the world would have prevented them flying by now, but the Thailand courts allow them!

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    Jason

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    While there are good arguments about how Thai Airways has been managed (poorly),the airline could really turn around as the service proposition it offered is very good. In private hands it could be a real winner. I am glad to see Thai Airways operating in whatever form. QATAR Airways has proven that operating throughout the pandemic has and will continue to give it an edge in the market now and into the future.

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    Mark

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Thai courts protecting a business that owes millions to overseas clients so let’s hope there are attempts to confiscate Thai Air planes when in foreign airports! Prevent them leaving when they land. Get court injunctions!

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    RR

    Monday, October 5, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Hope the planes will be impounded upon arrival in the UK and EU.

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