Thai carriers back in the skies
Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion are all planning to relaunch some domestic routes over the next two months. Nok Air had actually kept a some routes operating while the others grounded their fleets entirely.
Bangkok Airways plans to operate 224 flights per week from May 1 but new reservations are only possible from June 1. The routes will include six destinations from Bangkok: Chiang Mai, Samui, Lampang, Phuket, Sukhothai, and Trat. They will also operate a daily flight between Phuket and Samui. International services are not expected until late October.
Air Asia plan to reintroduce 13 services from Bangkok’s Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Roi Et, Surat Thani, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. The airline will also operate Chiang Mai to Hat Yai.
Nok Air, the only carrier to keep any flights operating during the lockdown will serve 15 destinations from Don Mueang; Buriram, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Mae Sot, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.
All schedules are still subject to government approval and compliance with strict public health requirements. Social distancing measures will still need to be observed meaning there will be empty seats in each row. All passengers will be required to wear a face mask throughout the flight and there will be no food drinks or magazines.
Thai Lion has not yet released information of the destinations it will serve.
International routes will be dependent on the reopening of borders.
Picture: Nok Air Boeing 737-800 at Don Muang Airport via Wikimedia Commons