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    Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort puts sustainability at its heart

    The term sustainability is often thrown around as a buzzword in the hospitality industry, but at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, it’s genuinely part of their mission. Located in Makham Bay, just south of Phuket Town, the beautiful resort puts...

  • Air Arabia soars to new heights: Inaugural flight to Phuket unveils sky-high perks for budget travellers

    Air Arabia soars to new heights: Inaugural flight to Phuket unveils sky-high perks for budget travellers

    Air Arabia, the leading low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has launched its maiden flight to Phuket, Thailand, lifting off from the iconic Sharjah International Airport in the UAE. Air Arabia Group Chief Executive Officer Adel Al Ali, was beaming with pride as he celebrated this milestone, emphasising the airline’s unwavering dedication to making travel accessible and…

  • Pattaya Airways takes flight in Q4 2024

    Pattaya Airways takes flight in Q4 2024

    At an exclusive event in Bangkok, the CEO of the Pattaya Group Tosaporn Asunee, announced the imminent takeoff of Pattaya Airways in the fourth quarter of 2024. Tosaporn stated… “We see a rising demand for air transportation services as the post-Covid situation stabilises. “The industry is bouncing back, and the demand is increasing rapidly. Recognising this opportunity for expansion, we decided…

  • IndiGo unleashes Phuket frenzy: Boosts flights, beats malfunction woes

    IndiGo unleashes Phuket frenzy: Boosts flights, beats malfunction woes

    In a bold move to amplify global ties, IndiGo, India‘s high-flying airline, unleashed a flight bonanza, with additional routes from Mumbai to Phuket and the revival of operations from Bengaluru to the Thai hotspot. But that’s not all—this strategic move comes amidst a soaring demand for year-end getaways. IndiGo is set to soar to new heights with extra flights connecting Mumbai…

  • Green dreams soar as TAT’s ESG extravaganza takes flight with Air Canada’s Bangkok bonanza

    Green dreams soar as TAT’s ESG extravaganza takes flight with Air Canada’s Bangkok bonanza

    In a display of environmental commitment, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) rolled out the green carpet for 48 jet-setting delegates at the Air Canada Asia Pacific Sales Summit. The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, nestled on the majestic Bangkok riverside, hosted this groundbreaking ESG activity in Thailand, marking the triumphant return of Air Canada’s Bangkok-Vancouver service on December…

  • Boeing 787 emergency dive: Gulf Air flight’s shocking diversion to Bangkok sparks panic

    Boeing 787 emergency dive: Gulf Air flight’s shocking diversion to Bangkok sparks panic

    A Gulf Air routine flight GF250 took an unexpected detour from Bahrain to Dhaka, diving into an emergency landing in Bangkok. The gripping incident unfolded as the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, flight A9C-FE, grappled with foggy mayhem and fuel crises. A Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, en route from Bahrain to Dhaka, plunged into a nail-biting emergency over Bangkok. The routine…

  • Thai Airways’ billion-dollar gamble: Boeing dominates as Airbus left on runway

    Thai Airways’ billion-dollar gamble: Boeing dominates as Airbus left on runway

    Thai Airways International is on the verge of sealing a blockbuster deal with Boeing for a fleet expansion, leaving Airbus in the dust. The stakes are sky-high in this multi-billion dollar saga, with insider sources revealing the ins and outs of this high-flying negotiation. In an aviation showdown, Boeing emerges victorious as Thai Airways gears up to finalise a deal…

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport unveils speed passport checks: No more immigration queues

    Suvarnabhumi Airport unveils speed passport checks: No more immigration queues

    In a move set to transform the travel game, Suvarnabhumi International Airport unveiled an upgrade to its passport control system. In an exclusive revelation, Police Lieutenant General Itthipol Itthisarnronnachai, the visionary commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, disclosed that a groundbreaking shift is underway at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Effective from December 15, the airport will extend its automatic passport channels to include…

  • Air Canada flight revival: Bangkok to Vancouver route takes off for a holiday high

    Air Canada flight revival: Bangkok to Vancouver route takes off for a holiday high

    Great news for holidaymakers in North America and Thailand, as Air Canada today announced the reinstatement of direct flights between Bangkok and Vancouver. H E Ping Kitnikone, the Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Thailand, extended invitations to esteemed guests and partners for Air Canada’s Agency Reception at the Ambassador’s Official Residence. Air Canada has officially reinstated direct flights…

  • Thai Airways resolves seating dispute following passenger complaint

    Thai Airways resolves seating dispute following passenger complaint

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) convened with Thai Airways International Public Co. Ltd. yesterday, December 8 following a passenger’s complaint that surfaced on social media. The disgruntled passenger had purchased a business-class ticket but was seated in the economy class. An ensuing investigation revealed that Thai Airways had restructured its business model, replacing Thai Smile flights with continuous flights…

  • World’s largest private jet, the Flying Palace, drops price to 16 million baht

    World’s largest private jet, the Flying Palace, drops price to 16 million baht

    The world’s largest and most luxurious private jet, the Boeing 747-8, often dubbed the Flying Palace, announced a significant price drop to fly in the globe’s most expensive aeroplane. The gigantic aircraft, unmatched in its size in the private jet sector, is outfitted with all the necessities one could need when travelling at an altitude of 40,000 feet. The Flying…

  • Altitude alert: Flight attendant spills beans on why plane coffee gets a turbulent reaction (video)

    Altitude alert: Flight attendant spills beans on why plane coffee gets a turbulent reaction (video)

    A flight attendant sparked a heated discussion on social media by revealing why passengers should avoid drinking coffee served on planes. The video clip was posted on the TikTok account @ichbinvin, responding to a query initially raised on the website Reddit about the dirty little secrets of working on an aircraft. The flight attendant, Kevin, agreed with another netizen’s comment,…

  • Sky’s the limit for drama: Fire drill steals the show near Phuket International Airport

    Sky’s the limit for drama: Fire drill steals the show near Phuket International Airport

    Onlookers in the vicinity of Phuket International Airport yesterday were treated to an unexpected spectacle of dark smoke rising into the sky. Fear not, Phuket Airport General Manager Monchai Tanode clarified that the source of the smoke was a routine fire drill conducted by the airport’s Fire and Rescue Department. Monchai, in his role as the general manager of Phuket…

  • Mid-air madness: Unruly passenger turns Lufthansa flight to Bangkok into chaos

    Mid-air madness: Unruly passenger turns Lufthansa flight to Bangkok into chaos

    A 53 year old German man turned a routine Lufthansa flight from Munich to Bangkok into a chaotic nightmare. From threats to undressing and attempting to set a blanket ablaze, this turbulent episode forced an unscheduled landing in India. Just a few hours into the 10-hour and 45-minute journey, chaos erupted as the unnamed German man unleashed a series of…

  • Flight cancellations: Chinese airlines slash 40% of slots amid Thai tourism slowdown

    Flight cancellations: Chinese airlines slash 40% of slots amid Thai tourism slowdown

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) witnessed a substantial number of flight slot cancellations by Chinese airlines, accounting for over 40% of total cancellations across Thailand’s airports. The CAAT director, Suttipong Kongpool, highlighted that such cancellations are not unusual and are often a result of fluctuating travel demand. Airline companies frequently resort to such measures in order to maintain…

  • Thai Airways takes a smile: Reinstates nine cool-season routes for domestic delight

    Thai Airways takes a smile: Reinstates nine cool-season routes for domestic delight

    Thai Airways International reinstated nine domestic routes for the cool season, previously provided by its former affiliate, Thai Smile Airways. The services, which will run until March 30, utilise the Airbus A320 planes from the airline’s former subsidiary, Thai Smile. The re-established routes offer daily flights from Bangkok to nine destinations – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen,…

  • Chinese airlines hit turbulence: Air China, China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines pump the brakes on December and January flights

    Chinese airlines hit turbulence: Air China, China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines pump the brakes on December and January flights

    Major Chinese airlines such as Air China, China Eastern, and Shanghai Airlines, slam the brakes on flights for December and January. Several Chinese airlines, notably Air China, China Eastern, and Shanghai Airlines, sent shockwaves through the travel industry by cancelling flights to Thailand for December and January. The root cause? A plunge in bookings mirrors China’s economic downturn and a…

  • Don Mueang flight carrying Thai singer makes emergency landing after engine explosion

    Don Mueang flight carrying Thai singer makes emergency landing after engine explosion

    The engine of an aircraft from Don Mueang carrying famed singer Unnop Thongborisut, better known as Por, exploded mid-flight, causing widespread panic among passengers. The incident occurred as the aircraft was en route from Don Mueang Airport, with the safe landing achieved at the same airport. Por, one of the passengers, posted a clip on her Instagram story recounting the…

  • AOT to increase passenger service charges by 30 baht from April next year

    AOT to increase passenger service charges by 30 baht from April next year

    Airport of Thailand (AOT) will increase passenger service charges (PSC) by 30 baht from April 1 of next year onwards due to increased costs following the installation of smarter technology at airports. The PSC for international departure passengers will increase from 700 to 730 baht per person, and the PSC for domestic departure passengers will increase from 100 to 130…

  • Bangchak to launch Thailand’s first sustainable aviation fuel factory

    Bangchak to launch Thailand’s first sustainable aviation fuel factory

    Bangchak Corporation Plc, a leading energy conglomerate in Thailand, is set to launch the country’s first factory to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from used cooking oil. The operation of the factory will start in early 2025, with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the aviation industry. The venture is being propelled as the Department of Airports and…

  • Loy Krathong chaos at Chiang Mai Airport: 160 flights shuffled, travellers beware!

    Loy Krathong chaos at Chiang Mai Airport: 160 flights shuffled, travellers beware!

    With the upcoming Loy Krathong Festival in sight, Chiang Mai Airport is set to experience a whirlwind of changes, with a staggering 160 flights facing disruptions from November 27 to 28, post 7pm. Chiang Mai Airport Deputy Director Wisut Khamyod revealed today a jaw-dropping 101 cancellations and 59 rescheduled flights, creating a turbulence level hitting 47% of regular air traffic.…

  • Airlines request more flight slots into Thailand, CAAT reveals

    Airlines request more flight slots into Thailand, CAAT reveals

    A request for slot redistribution has been lodged by several airlines as they plan to increase flights into Thailand, reveals an insider from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). This request was presented to CAAT’s top executives at the 153rd Slot Conference that took place in Dubai from November 14 to 17. This biannual gathering, arranged by the International…

  • Sky’s the limit: Nine new airlines on board for Thailand aviation recovery

    Sky’s the limit: Nine new airlines on board for Thailand aviation recovery

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the registration of nine new airlines to bolster the aviation industry’s recovery. The authority remains confident that passenger traffic will reach 127 million this year, forecasting a significant recovery this year. The Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Suttipong Kongpool, stated that Thailand’s aviation industry is on a steady path…

  • Thailand sees surge in airfares despite low travel season

    Thailand sees surge in airfares despite low travel season

    Airfares in Thailand witnessed a substantial increase in the third quarter of this year, despite it traditionally being a low season for travel. This surge was driven by a robust travel demand. Thai AirAsia, for instance, observed a 22% year-on-year rise in its airfares during this period, while Bangkok Airways’ rates saw a 15% hike. The average fare price for…

  • Smooth sailing: Suvarnabhumi Airport’s snazzy channels promise swift boarding for foreign jet-setters

    Smooth sailing: Suvarnabhumi Airport’s snazzy channels promise swift boarding for foreign jet-setters

    Foreign passengers will soon experience expedited boarding at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, thanks to the introduction of automatic channels set to go live next month. The move aims to ease congestion at the airport, allowing for a smoother transit experience for travellers. Currently, the automatic processing at Suvarnabhumi is limited to travellers holding Thai, Hong Kong or Singaporean passports, as relayed…

  • Thai Airways reports profitable Q4, driven by Chinese visitor surge

    Thai Airways reports profitable Q4, driven by Chinese visitor surge

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced a profitable fourth quarter, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of profits, underpinned by a steady recovery in passenger numbers amid the Covid-19 era. The growth has been particularly driven by a surge in visitors from China. Thai Airways recorded a net income of 1.54 billion baht (US$43 million) for the quarter ending…

  • Phuket Airport’s rain-check: Dampening floors lead to a slip-up

    Phuket Airport’s rain-check: Dampening floors lead to a slip-up

    Phuket International Airport, managed by Airports of Thailand (AoT Phuket), recently experienced a minor slip-up. A leaky roof in the arrivals hall of the domestic terminal led to some disruption, leading the airport to extend a public apology and caution to those visiting the terminal about the possibility of a dampening experience on the floor. The apology from AoT Phuket…

  • Thai AirAsia launches fly-thru flight to boost up lesser-visited provinces

    Thai AirAsia launches fly-thru flight to boost up lesser-visited provinces

    Thai AirAsia has launched a new fly-thru service connecting Phuket to Don Mueang Airport and Phitsanulok. The aim is to encourage foreign tourists visiting Phuket to explore and discover lesser-visited provinces like Phitsanulok and other areas in the lower northern region of Thailand. Sasiwan Siphrom, the President of the Tourism Council of the Lower Northern Provinces, highlighted that in collaboration…

  • Thai Airways launches direct flights from Bangkok to Istanbul

    Thai Airways launches direct flights from Bangkok to Istanbul

    Thai Airways International (THAI) is set to start direct flights from Bangkok to Istanbul on December 1, marking a significant expansion of its international flight network. The announcement was officially made in a recent launch ceremony, presided over by the Chairperson of THAI Plan Administrators, Piyasvasti Amranand, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkiye to Thailand, Serap Ersoy. The…

  • Residents soar in opposition to Chiang Mai Airport’s extended hours plan

    Residents soar in opposition to Chiang Mai Airport’s extended hours plan

    Chiang Mai International Airport‘s proposed plan to extend its operating hours is facing mounting opposition from the locals of the Mae Hia subdistrict. The contention stems from the lack of compensation for the damages inflicted by the airport’s activities over the past five years. Meena Chankaew, president of the Nimman Noradee Neighbourhood, voiced the concerns of the residents whose properties…

  • Chiang Mai Airport to extend operation hours

    Chiang Mai Airport to extend operation hours

    The Chiang Mai International Airport is set to operate on a 24-hour basis starting from next Wednesday November 1, a move prompted by the government‘s Quick-Win economic stimulus policies, Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit revealed. The decision, influenced by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s orders, is deemed critical to accommodate the anticipated influx of tourists during the year-end peak season and beyond,…