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Thai Airways selling 10 properties to raise capital

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Thai Airways plans to sell several properties around Thailand. (via Google)

With deepening debt and the Covid-19 pandemic dragging on and flattening the tourism and travel industry, Thai Airways International is looking to sell off some large assets like buildings and properties to stabilise the struggling airline. The airline has been in the throes of bankruptcy and debt rehabilitation for months now after failing to secure a bailout from the government.

The corporation announced that it is trying to sell off 10 buildings and properties spread throughout Thailand to bolster some cash flow amidst financial woes. A source within Thai Airways confirmed the plan to find buyers for the properties to raise capital.

Thai Airways has been saddled with 245 billion baht of debt and has been seeking restructuring options through methods like interest waivers, payment extensions, and debt-to-equity conversions. In addition to the financial restructuring, the airline has tried everything from layoffs and early retirement offers to selling their airline food in 7-11 stores throughout the country. They have now enacted pay cuts for their staff as well as unpaid leave plans for employees.

Buildings in Bangkok are on the seller’s block as well as buildings and properties Thai Airways owns in other provinces around the country including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, and Phitsanulok. The buildings offered for sale are mostly ones that are currently serving as local offices for Thai Airways now.

One Bangkok building for sale is located on land that is part of Don Mueang airport and is known as “Rak Khun Thao Fa” (roughly translated “Love you as big as the sky”). Another property for sale is a building complex with an 8 story building and accompanying 6 levels of parking on Lan Luang Rd not far from the Democracy Monument. A building on Silom road that is 4 stories high is also on the list to be sold off.

The sales are hoped to raise enough working capital to keep Thai Airways running at least until further restructuring and recovery can begin.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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