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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

Caitlin Ashworth

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Amazing Thailand.
    The national airline, until the government reduced their 51 percent holding to dodge blame, Thai airline owe Bt24 billion in ticket refunds, yet are allowed to still fly and to still sell tickets!

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      Hila

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thai canceld Our flight from bangkok to chang mai On june 2020 a family of 11 people
      Havet refund Our money do not answer mails

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    Mike

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:45 am

    These gangsters should be out of business by now.

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    Ted

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Perhaps not all, but most, of those 300 billion baht in losses they made, has nothing to do with Covid/pandemic. So until they understand the real problem –top management– they will never be a profitable airline, a pandemic or not.

    Personally, if the skies could just open (with a normal cabin experience) then I will use my Royal Orchid points, book comfortable seat for myself and mrs, with SG or another Star Alliance airline and will most probably never have anything to do with THAI again, after that.

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    Jason

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Isn’t flying Thais around within the country, the job of the nations carrier?? Such a pity. The staff have always been lovely to fly with. The pity is the complete mismanagement of the airline.

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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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