Though the ban on commercial flights into and out of Thailand looks set to expire at the end of June, the national airline will not be serving any of its global destinations for at least another month.
Thailand’s ailing flag carrier, which is under bankruptcy protection and beginning a debt restructuring process, is likely to delay the relaunch of its international operations by a month. According to the Bangkok Post, airline board member Pirapan Salirathavibhaga confirmed the existence of a plan to resume services on 37 routes over the course of three days in early August. He said it was part of the company’s preparations for the time when Thailand’s civil aviation authority lifts the ongoing ban on international flights. However, he cautioned that any service resumption would have to depend on passenger demand and easing entry restrictions in destination countries. “Thai is ready to fly again but the company can only do so when there are enough customers to make the business viable,” Pirapan told the Bangkok Post.
Thai Airways’ upcoming international schedule was published on the popular blog Airlineroute last week, suggesting that it was dramatically scaling back flight frequencies on even the most popular routes. The carrier flew to Singapore multiple times a day before the Covid-19 pandemic, but is set to run a four-times weekly service in the future. Similarly, it will halve the number of flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and London Heathrow from 14 times a week to a daily service aboard a Boeing 777-300.
No dates for the resumption of flights to Colombo, Fukuoka, Kathmandu, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Rome, Sapporo, Sendai, Stockholm, Vienna were put forward. It is not known if these routes have been temporarily halted or will be dropped altogether. Under the plan published on Airlineroutes, Thai Airways is looking to restore services to the following destinations:
Southeast Asia: Denpasar, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Vientiane, Yangon
East Asia: Beijing (Capital), Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka (Kansai), Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai (Pudong), Taipei (Taoyuan), Tokyo (both Haneda and Narita)
Australasia: Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
South Asia: Delhi, Dhaka, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore
Europe: Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London (Heathrow), Munich, Paris (CDG), Zürich