Thai Airways International (THAI) is the latest regional carrier to feel the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asean, today (March 9) announcing the cancellation of flights to seven international destinations. The cuts are the second introduced by the airline in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Most heavily affected by the cancellations are flights between Thailand and India, with 90 flights to Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, and New Delhi being chopped until the end of the month.
Also being cancelled are Thai Airways flights to and from Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, and Oman
The Thai Airways flights announced cancelled today due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Asean are:
TG417/ TG418 to/ from* Malaysia until March 31, 2020
TG950/ TG951 to/ from* Denmark on May 12, 19, 26.
TG960/ TG961 to/ from* Sweden on May 14, 21, 28.
TG435/ TG436 to/ from* Indonesia until March 31.
TG307/ TG308 to/ from* Sri Lanka on March 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30.
TG325/ TG326 to from* Bengaluru on 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 March
TG313/ TG314 to/ from* Kolkata on March 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
TG329/ TG330 to/ from* Hyderabad on March 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31.
TG337/ TG338 to/ from* Chennai on March 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
TG335/ TG336 to/ from* New Delhi on March 6, 13, 20, 27.
TG507/ TG508 o/ from* Oman on March 6, 13, 20, 27
International travellers are advised to check with their carrier for the latest flight status updates, and the websites of their home and destination foreign ministries for details on the latest travel restrictions and advisories due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Asean.
Thai Airways can be contacted on +66 (0)2 3561111 (international / long-distance rates apply if calling from outside Bangkok).
COVID-19 to cost AP airports $3bln in Q1
The cuts come as the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific forecast airport passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region to drop by 24 per cent in the first quarter of the year, slashing about $3 billion from airport revenue.
Last week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for rules requiring airlines to fill at least 80 per cent of their slots or risk losing them to be suspended immediately.
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*Return flight to Bangkok may operate on the following day
He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.
He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.
In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.
Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.
In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.