COVID-19: THAI cuts all international flights

- A Monitor Desk Report 26 Mar, 2020 | 1148 Views|-+
Dhaka: Thai Airways (THAI) is going to temporarily cancel all international flights and shut down its overseas offices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, announced the carrier's Acting President.

"Countries around the world have locked down their borders so THAI planes cannot enter their airspace. Meanwhile, the number of passengers has plummeted," said Chakkrit Parapuntakul, Acting President, THAI, admitting the effect of the outbreak was rubbing salt in the wounds of the airline which is already suffering from heavy losses and pork-barrel debts.

Ex-THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham who recently resigned from the company said that even without the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline would still be struggling to deal with its tough financial situation.

THAI suspended all flights in the Asia-Pacific region (except Cambodia) from March 25 and will cancel all Europe routes from April 1. Flights to Cambodia will also be cancelled from April 1.

The cancellations will last until May 30, according to a statement released by THAI officials.

THAI is facilitating passengers in rescheduling their flights without charging fees, officials said.

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