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8 Thai Airlines must provide a business recovery plan or lose out on additional routes




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Commercial Airlines Registered in Thailand must provide a business recovery plan or run the risk of the civil aviation authority of Thailand (CAAT) halting the allocation of additional routes. According to reports, eight airlines have been targeted.

The 8 airlines on the list from the Civil Aviation Commission (CAC) are Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airways, Nok Air, AirAsia X, VietJet Air, Thai Lion Air, Asia Atlantic Airlines, and City Airways.

Comments by Transport Minister, Saksayam Chidchob, indicated that are also three other domestic carriers that will be placed under special monitoring outside of the 8 already mentioned.

The CAC has also instructed the CAAT to work together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the provision of Covid-19 vaccines to civil aviation personnel who directly handle tourists and air passengers in preparation for resuming international flights.

Thailand’s Central Bankruptcy Court last year, allowed flagship carrier Thai Airways to go ahead with debt restructuring as the airline has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the biggest challenge the airline has ever faced as they defaulted on loans.

Thai Airways was under financial pressure even before the coronavirus outbreak caused passenger numbers to plummet, as low-cost airlines from South-East Asia continued put them under pressure on several routes. In 2019, it reported losses of 12bn baht.

Thai Airways is a state-owned enterprise of the Thai government and is on the verge of liquidation, as the airline is seeking urgent funding. Late last year they put up several aircraft for sale including 10 Boeing 747s and 12 Boeing 777s. The airline has around 80 aircraft and employs 21,500 people. To make matters more difficult, the International Air Transport Association thinks air travel is not expected to return to normal until 2023, which will put further pressure on Thai Airways’ restructuring plans.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post/AA com tr



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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    The projected figure of the aviation industry recovering by 2023 is probably very optimistic.for long haul arrivals that thailand is highly dependent on at present most senior industry figures are looking at q4 2025 recovery minimum.short haul will probably recover much would probably be best for the thai tourism sector to focus on regional countries such as china and india.
    The chances of a quick recovery from the traditional north european markets is very slim.ultimately nobody knows.

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    Ian Bromley

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    There is no country in the world that does not have an air transport crisis and the ritual chest beating of this minister contributes nothing constructive to the local carriers that are desperately clinging on by their finger nails. Better for him to be working to construct survival plans than issuing threatening destructive statements. But then what could one expect from someone with little experience in his portfolio. This posturing is nothing more than a fig leaf trying to cover his inadequacy and helps potential pax not one bit.

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    Bobby m

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Quite right Ian.

    All he is doing is pushing them in the lake with their hands tied behind their back.

    Sadly it’s what happens when nepotism and job purchase exits. Abilities, fall far short of the levels required to understand and undertake the necessary actions to obtain success. Notice there is no mention of Bangkok Air, I wonder why.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I read today on TripAdvisor of a passenger who flew to Australia on December 2019. His return flight was cancelled.
    He is still stranded in Perth Australia in February 2021.
    Despite Thai airways selling flights from Perth Australia to the UK.
    Do not buy anything from Thais with money up front.
    They will steal your money and the Thai courts will help them.

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    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:08 am

    The Thai statute and process is fine but the courts and staff are gross. They open their mouths to eat or lie.

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    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Guys all that is keeping this airline from been completely closed down is pride Any one can see this airline is broke.every one will loose in the end creditors and the public waiting for refunds. Like last month’s snow where is it .Gone never to be seen again,

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Think a couple of the listed airline’s have been out of buissness for several years already?

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    toby andrews

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Snow might disappear but will Thai greed and corruption?
    I see no signs that it will . . .

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Is Thai airlines still considered a state-owned enterprise after the downsale of the government stake to less than 50%?

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    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1:47 am

    The best long term solution would be to privatize Thai Airways and merge it with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines. Otherwise, it will continue to cost to good people of Thailand tons of hard-earned money to subsidize a poorly run jobs program.

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    Mark R

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    And in other news, Thai Airways TAWNF is up 3,000% from $0.14 to $4.95.

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