Thai Airways halts all European flights over India-Pakistan tension
- A Monitor Desk Report 01 Mar, 2019 | 348 Views|-+
A view of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Dhaka: Thai airways cancelled all flights to Europe temporarily as a result of the political tension between India and Pakistan which saw a plane shot down this week.
Thailand’s flag carrier called off all of its scheduled flights to Europe for Wednesday, February 27 since the airline’s flights to and from Europe pass over Indian and Pakistan air space.
One that had already taken off was forced to turn back leaving several Thai locals and tourists stranded in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The next scheduled flight to London was due to leave just after midnight on Wednesday, February 27 but officials said it would be rescheduled.
Flights to and from Frankfurt, Paris, Oslo, Milan, Zurich and Copenhagen were also cancelled.
Thai Airways president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said an urgent meeting had been called to reschedule the flights.
Thai Airways currently serves 13 cities in Europe: Vienna in Austria, Brussels in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, Paris Charles de Gaulle in France, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, Rome and Milan in Italy, Oslo in Norway, Moscow in Russia, Stockholm in Sweden, Zurich in Switzerland and London in the United Kingdom.