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  • New runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport sparks emergency drill

    New runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport sparks emergency drill

    Suvarnabhumi International Airport conducted a high-stakes emergency exercise under the codename SENOP-24 on Tuesday, July 23. This drill, aimed at preparing for the grand opening of the airport’s third runway set for mid-September, was designed to ensure every team is battle-ready for any potential crisis. Kittipong Kittikachorn, the Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport and a key figure in Airports of Thailand…

  • China supports Thailand in combating dubious businesses

    China supports Thailand in combating dubious businesses

    Chinese Ambassador Han Zhiqiang reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to supporting Thailand in cracking down on dubious Chinese businesses, while also aiming to enhance bilateral trade and relations. Han made these comments during a seminar held on Tuesday, July 23, to commemorate the 49th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Thailand. A recent incident involving a Chinese-language billboard in Bangkok’s Huai…

  • Drug-fuelled Mancunian torments partner over alleged affair: Jailed

    Drug-fuelled Mancunian torments partner over alleged affair: Jailed

    A drug-fuelled thug from Oldham, Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom, accused his partner of having an affair with his father, turning her life into a nightmare. The Mancunian, 39 year old Daniel Hadfield, has now been jailed, bringing a semblance of peace to his tormented victim. Hadfield, driven by a cocktail of alcohol and drugs, controlled and isolated his…

  • Thai AirAsia expands routes to India amid slow China recovery

    Thai AirAsia expands routes to India amid slow China recovery

    Thai AirAsia is set to expand its network by launching new routes to India and Southeast Asia in the second half of the year, aiming to compensate for the slow recovery of flights to China. The sluggish Chinese economy and increased competition from domestic travel have significantly impacted this recovery. Tansita Akrarittipirom, head of commercial at Thai AirAsia, revealed that…

  • Tragedy in Kathmandu: Saurya Airlines crash claims 18 lives

    Tragedy in Kathmandu: Saurya Airlines crash claims 18 lives

    A Saurya Airlines aircraft carrying 19 people crashed during takeoff at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, leaving 18 dead. Only the pilot has survived. The ill-fated flight, bound for Pokhara, met with disaster around 11am today, according to news agency PTI. Premnath Thakur, spokesperson for the airport, confirmed the crash and reported the tragic loss of lives. Police and firefighters immediately…

  • Bride defends groom after groomsman sprays champagne

    Bride defends groom after groomsman sprays champagne

    A wedding in Hebei, China, turned chaotic when a groomsman sprayed champagne in the faces of the bride and groom. The bride retaliated by hitting him with her bouquet, an action that quickly went viral on social media. The incident occurred as the couple was about to step onto the stage to begin their wedding ceremony. A groomsman approached with…

  • Ana maintains pre-pandemic load on Thailand-Japan flights

    Ana maintains pre-pandemic load on Thailand-Japan flights

    Japanese carrier ANA has successfully maintained the load factor on Thailand-Japan routes at the same robust level as in 2019, despite the challenges posed by a weak yen. Notably, the majority of its passengers are now Thai tourists and long-haul travellers transiting through Japan. Thailand has emerged as one of ANA’s strongest routes in Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia post-pandemic, alongside…

  • Global chaos as CrowdStrike fixes world’s biggest IT outage

    Global chaos as CrowdStrike fixes world’s biggest IT outage

    Cybersecurity giant CrowdStrike has issued a fix for a software glitch that caused one of the most massive global IT outages ever recorded, disrupting industries from airlines and banking to healthcare. CrowdStrike’s CEO George Kurtz confirmed yesterday that the issue had been identified and isolated, but affected Windows computers would need manual reboots to regain functionality. While Microsoft announced that…

  • Thai AirAsia X suspends Sydney-Bangkok route

    Thai AirAsia X suspends Sydney-Bangkok route

    Thai AirAsia X announced the suspension of its sole Australian route between Sydney and Bangkok, effective August 1. Despite the temporary halt, the airline assures it remains committed to the Australian market and plans a grand return in December with increased flights and enhanced connectivity. The decision to suspend services was driven by fleet management and operation hub movement. As…

  • Thai Airways ranks eighth among world’s top ten airlines

    Thai Airways ranks eighth among world’s top ten airlines

    Thai Airways secured a spot among the top ten international airlines in the world, as ranked by Travel & Leisure for 2024. The award, announced today, July 18, places Thai Airways at No.8 on the prestigious list. Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2024 surveyed opinions from travellers, tourists, and business people worldwide. This comprehensive survey evaluated excellence in various…

  • Thailand to boost exports with soft power in China and Hong Kong

    Thailand to boost exports with soft power in China and Hong Kong

    In a move to boost exports, Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) is targeting China and Hong Kong markets with a potent mix of soft power. From tantalising Thai food to fashion and films, the DITP is pulling out all the stops. DITP Director-General Phusit Ratanakul Seriroengrit announced Monday that eight offices in China and Hong Kong are spearheading…

  • Thai AirAsia flights between Bangkok & Lampang take off in October

    Thai AirAsia flights between Bangkok & Lampang take off in October

    Thai AirAsia announced a new route connecting Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) and Lampang, marking the airline’s 25th domestic destination in Thailand. Starting October 1, travellers can look forward to daily flights on this new route, operated by the airline’s trusty Airbus A320 aircraft. Flight FD3923 will leave Bangkok (DMK) at 11.10am, touching down at Lampang Airport (LPT) by…

  • Gunfire at Trump rally in Pennsylvania leaves two dead (video)

    Gunfire at Trump rally in Pennsylvania leaves two dead (video)

    Gunfire erupted at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, leading to the immediate evacuation of Donald Trump, the former president and Republican candidate. Shots fired resulted in Trump sustaining an injury near his right ear, causing significant bleeding. Today, July 14, according to Thai time, Reuters reported that Donald Trump, the former President and current Republican presidential candidate, was swiftly…

  • Potential assassination attempt of President Trump

    Potential assassination attempt of President Trump

    Former President Donald Trump was swiftly taken off stage by Secret Service agents after apparent gunshots were fired at the former president whilst he was at a rally in Pennsylvania. Footage shows Trump reacting and ducking as sharp cracks rang out. Agents quickly surrounded him and escorted him to a waiting vehicle. Trump raised a fist as he was bundled…

  • GMM strikes a chord with Tencent, plans IPO crescendo

    GMM strikes a chord with Tencent, plans IPO crescendo

    Thailand’s largest music company, GMM Music, is gearing up for an initial public offering (IPO) as early as this year, thanks to a significant equity investment from China’s Tencent Holdings. GMM Music’s Chief Marketing Officer Fahmai Damrongchaitham revealed in a candid interview with Bloomberg Television that the company is aiming for an IPO as soon as possible, depending on the…

  • Batik Air Malaysia unveils new routes to Thailand

    Batik Air Malaysia unveils new routes to Thailand

    Starting September 13, Kuala Lumpur’s Batik Air will operate daily flights to Hat Yai and Krabi. These routes will be serviced by their state-of-the-art Boeing 737 aircraft, offering both business class with plush 2-2 recliners and a 3-3 configured economy class cabin. Hat Yai serves as the perfect gateway to southern Thailand’s stunning beaches, while Krabi offers seamless access to…

  • New Thai Airways deal supercharges UK-Asia courier service

    New Thai Airways deal supercharges UK-Asia courier service

    Heathrow Airport’s only on-site express courier handler, CFL, inked a three-year deal with Thai Airways (THAI), boosting courier capacity between the UK and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. CFL Chief Executive Matthew Ware expressed his excitement. “We are delighted to formalise this important partnership with THAI. Exporting is vital for the UK economy, and this deal will give UK businesses…

  • Baidu’s robotaxis face backlash from Wuhan taxi drivers

    Baidu’s robotaxis face backlash from Wuhan taxi drivers

    Baidu’s fleet of over 500 autonomous taxis (robotaxis) in Wuhan is rapidly attracting customers, despite backlash from locals and taxi drivers. The Apollo Go service, which launched in August 2022, has become so popular in this city of 13.7 million that local taxi drivers are now urging the municipal transport authority to limit its use. In late June, Wuhan Jianshe…

  • AirAsia launches cinematic inflight experience in India

    AirAsia launches cinematic inflight experience in India

    AirAsia is bringing a cinematic inflight experience to selected cinemas across India. This partnership with Qube Cinemas aims to showcase the airline’s diverse and unique destinations as part of the movie-going experience. Over the next six months, more than 130 cinemas across 12 cities will feature this immersive experience, offering movie-goers the chance to win flights to any destination in…

  • New bus routes from Phuket Airport to major tourist hotspots

    New bus routes from Phuket Airport to major tourist hotspots

    A new agreement between Airports of Thailand (AoT) and state-run bus operator The Transport Co, better known by its Thai initials BorKorSor (บขส), will introduce new bus services from Phuket International Airport before the year ends. BorKorSor Acting President, Atthawit Rakjamroon, announced yesterday, July 9, that this initiative will see buses operating directly from three key airports managed by AoT:…

  • Asia Aviation sees record earnings from China, India travel surge

    Asia Aviation sees record earnings from China, India travel surge

    Asia Aviation Plc, Thailand’s largest low-cost airline operator, anticipates record earnings from core operations this year, driven by a significant increase in international visitors, which is boosting demand for seats and airfares. According to Chief Executive Officer Santisuk Klongchaiya, Thai AirAsia, the fully-owned budget airline unit of Asia Aviation, plans to increase flights to China and India to take advantage…

  • Thailand allocates 15.3 billion baht for VIP aircraft and helicopters

    Thailand allocates 15.3 billion baht for VIP aircraft and helicopters

    The 2025 budget bill outlines the allocation of 12 billion baht for a new VIP aircraft and 3.3 billion baht for two mid-sized helicopters designated for important passengers. These additions aim to bolster the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) capabilities in supporting various training programs and other essential activities. Intended to replace the ageing Airbus 304 scheduled for decommissioning in…

  • Thailand enhances air navigation services, surge in China flights

    Thailand enhances air navigation services, surge in China flights

    Transport Deputy Minister Surapong Piyachote announced Thailand’s pledge to streamline the efficiency of its air navigation services and related aviation solutions in routing, and emergency scenarios. This commitment aligns with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s national development policies, which prioritise improving aviation as a key agenda for progress. This announcement comes in response to a report showing a significant surge in…

  • Thailand targets top 20 ranking for Suvarnabhumi Airport by 2029

    Thailand targets top 20 ranking for Suvarnabhumi Airport by 2029

    The Ministry of Transport is aiming to elevate Suvarnabhumi International Airport into the world’s top 20 airports by 2029, aligning with the government’s ambition to make Thailand a global aviation hub, according to government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke yesterday. Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit set the target following Suvarnabhumi Airport’s ranking of 58th on the 2024 World’s Best…

  • Thailand aims for 8 million Chinese tourists if airlines boost capacity

    Thailand aims for 8 million Chinese tourists if airlines boost capacity

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stated that the goal of attracting 8 million Chinese tourists this year is attainable, provided airlines can increase seat capacity to over 80% of pre-pandemic levels. Chinese tourists had surpassed visitors from other countries by June 30, with 3.5 million arrivals out of a total of 17.5 million foreign visitors to Thailand. The…

  • Dutch sperm donor splashes out, fathering 550 children

    Dutch sperm donor splashes out, fathering 550 children

    A notorious Dutch sperm donor has fathered more than 550 children in the past 15 years, surpassing legal limits. His actions came to light in a recent documentary, which revealed how he frequently hid his donation history. Netflix’s latest documentary, Father of a Thousand Sons, uncovers the story of 42 year old Jonathan Jacob Meijer, who has made numerous sperm…

  • Mid-air mayhem: Turbulence terror hits global flights

    Mid-air mayhem: Turbulence terror hits global flights

    Singapore Airlines Flight SQ321 faced severe turbulence over Thai airspace, forcing an emergency landing in Bangkok. This incident, which occurred in late May, reignited concerns over the escalating problem of in-flight turbulence, especially following several other alarming episodes. Recent months have seen a spate of turbulence-related injuries on major airlines. Flights operated by Singapore Airlines Ltd., Qatar Airways, and Air…

  • Taking off: Really Cool Airlines CEO ready to revolutionise air travel

    Taking off: Really Cool Airlines CEO ready to revolutionise air travel

    After 14 years as the mastermind behind Nok Air, Really Cool Airlines CEO Patee Sarasin is back with a daring new venture promising to shake up the airline industry. At 62, Patee believes that the winds of change are about to sweep through the world of air travel. Having witnessed the tumultuous impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation…

  • Thailand’s airports hit new highs as passenger numbers increase

    Thailand’s airports hit new highs as passenger numbers increase

    Thailand’s six international airports, operated by Airports of Thailand (AOT), witnessed a record-breaking influx of passengers in the first five months of 2024. Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced a whopping 52.16 million travellers, marking a 20.28% rise compared to the same period last year. AOT manages six key airports: Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang, Phuket, and Hat…

  • Thailand’s aviation hub vision depends on domestic travel options

    Thailand’s aviation hub vision depends on domestic travel options

    For Thailand to recognise its goal of becoming a regional aviation hub by 2030, a stronger emphasis must be placed on enhancing its domestic travel capabilities by integrating and developing the various transport modes currently available. Managing Director of Alton Aviation Consultancy, Mabel Kwan emphasised the importance of collaboration within the aviation ecosystem, involving airlines, airports, customers, ground handling, and…

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