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    Suvarnabhumi, Thai Airways Chiefs Quit Over Coronavirus

    Teeranai Charuvastra
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    BANGKOK — Frustration over the government’s botched responses to the coronavirus epidemic reportedly caused two aviation czars to resign from their post on Thursday.


    Sumeth Damrongchaitham quit the post of director of Thai Airways on Thursday afternoon, closely followed by the resignation of Sutheerawat Suwannawat, director of Suvarnabhumi Airport. The two organizations were among the hardest hit by the outbreak, which critics fear to be spiraling out of control.


    Sumeth did not say why he left the position, but media reports quote Thai Airways sources as saying that he was disappointed by a lack of assistance from the Ministry of Transport in containing the virus.

    MORE https://www.khaosodenglish.com/polit...r-coronavirus/

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    Aer Lingus owner IAG and EasyJet said they would cut capacity drastically to try to survive the coronavirus outbreak which has stopped people travelling around the world.

    IAG, the owner of Aer Lingus and BA, said it would cut its flying capacity by at least 75% in April and May.

    IAG also said its outgoing boss Willie Walsh would defer his retirement in its fight to survive the coronavirus outbreak.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0316/1123471-walsh-to-stay-on-at-iag/

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    THAI suspends all operations until May 31st

    THAI acting president Mr. Chakkrit Parapanthukul said yesterday that the suspension is necessary because the global pandemic has prompted many countries to impose border closures and lockdowns, forcing many THAI offices abroad to close temporarily and making it impossible for the national flag carrier to operate to those destinations.


    Compounded by a sharp reduction in passenger numbers, he added that the continuation of operations will increase the airline’s losses.


    According to THAI’s public relations department:


    Starting today (March 25th), all THAI flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Kunming, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, Dhaka, Islamabad and Colombo are suspended.

    Domestically, flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi will be operated by Thai Smile, a subsidiary of THAI.

    Starting March 27th, THAI flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will be suspended.

    From April 1st, THAI will cease all flights to Europe, which includes London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow and Stockholm.

    THAI has already suspended services to Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Pusan, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Milan, Vienna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Genai, Hyderabad, Muscat Dubai, Oakland and Bengaluru.


    Passengers who bought THAI tickets, or joint tickets with Thai Smile before March 25th, can exchange their tickets for travel vouchers, which are valid for one year without extra charge, on flights scheduled between March 25th and May 31st for Asian routes, and between April 1st and May 31st for European routes, as well as routes to New Zealand and Australia.


    Alternatively, passengers can use the thaiairways.com website to changes their flight plans.



    THAI suspends all operations until May 31st – Thai PBS World

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    ^ Well, that cuts down my options...

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    ^^ not quite sure how we are supposed to get these magical vouchers, Buddha will clarify i feel sure.

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    nah, the local lottery ticket seller knows the future.

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    Thai AirAsia to stop domestic flights in April

    Thai AirAsia will suspend its domestic route service from April 1 to 30, while passengers can change their flights with no limit, the airline announced.


    Santisuk Klongchaiya, the chief executive officer, informed AirAsia staff through an email on Friday (March 27) that the airline will suspend its domestic route throughout April, as a Covid-19 preventive measure when the emergency decree is in force.

    “Covid-19 has led to numerous countries, including Thailand, enforcing strict measures to prevent the virus from spreading, and AirAsia in many countries has suspended flights this week,” he said.


    “Thai AirAsia executives, therefore, have approved the suspension of our service as well, in line with the government’s policy and to protect our staff,” he said.

    Passengers can change their flights with no limit, but the new flights must start within October 31. There is no charge for this change of flight.

    Alternatively passengers can save the ticket value in the AirAsia BIG account for booking flights in the future within 365 days, after his/her credit limit is approved.


    These options are for passengers who book the flight online through airasia.com.

    Thai AirAsia to stop domestic flights in April

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    Seven Thai airlines are likely to seek a 16-billion-baht bailout from the Finance Ministry so they can keep employees while their services are suspended.


    The carriers are Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air, Bangkok Airways, THAI Smile, Thai VietjetAir and Thai AirAsia X.


    MORE Seven Thai airlines to seek B16bn bailout

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    ^ No Thai air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    ^ No Thai air?
    51% owned by the Finance Ministry so they soak up the costs whatever.

    Might be asking for a few layoffs and shit though.

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    I'd like to see a few budget airlines go out of business. I don't fly them, don't trust them or their business models.

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    Emirates cancelled my wife's May 9 flight which is six weeks out. I guess they expect that the shutdown is going to last for some more time yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    I'd like to see a few budget airlines go out of business. I don't fly them, don't trust them or their business models.
    Not very clever. They provide competition, drives prices down and keep chavs off proper airlines.

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    ^ fair points...but the proper airlines have dropped their standards to stay competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Bangkok Airways
    No remorse for me if these guys folded.

    They could just sell Samui airport to the government and stop arse raping its customers on this one monopoly route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    ^ fair points...but the proper airlines have dropped their standards to stay competitive.
    Some of these airlines are fantastic - Air Asia flew Incheon to DM, premier class (only 8 seats), flatbed, 40kgs luggage, decent(ish) food for 10,000 baht; the wife has flown that maybe a dozen times, and I've done it a couple of times. I'd be sad to see it lost. I've also done Thai Smile and Nok Air just walking into DM and flying to Phuket or Ubon R, etc, cheap as chips and get you there with little/no hassle. Bangkok Air were always expensive, but not a bad way to get to Samui. It'd be sad to see the smaller airlines go, just imagine how Thai Air would start raping everyone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    ^ fair points...but the proper airlines have dropped their standards to stay competitive.
    You don't fly at the pointy end much then (although in fairness, at this point neither do I).

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    Out of curiosity, I checked prices for a proposed flight to UK In October this year. The quoted price was a reasonable GBP535 return.
    Two days later, I received a price alert quoting the new best offer at GBP10,435!

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    LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways said it is temporarily suspending flights from Gatwick Airport in southern England, Britain’s second busiest airport, due to the coronavirus.
    BA’s boss warned earlier in March that the airline was in a battle for survival and would have to cut jobs and park planes.

    “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick,” a BA spokesman said.
    BA said it will contact affected customers. The airline continues to operate some flights from its main hub at Heathrow.

    Parent company IAG said flying capacity would be down 75% in April and May.
    Rival airline easyJet said on Monday that it had grounded its entire fleet.
    Gatwick Airport said last week it would shut one of its two terminals on Wednesday.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-british-airways/british-airways-suspending-flights-from-londons-gatwick-idUKKBN21I0Q8?il=0&utm_source=reddit.com

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    Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Monday said the government will not allow ailing flag-carrier Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) to collapse and dismissed rumours of impending lay-offs as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

    Mr Somkid said the government is ready to help the national airline, which was already beset with financial difficulties even before the pandemic began. While he insisted that THAI won't lay off any employees, the deputy premier urged the THAI board to come up with a business plan which proves that the company can still grow and expand after the crisis.

    "All rumours [about a lay-off] aren't true. News involving THAI that didn't come from the Finance Ministry should be considered false," he said.


    THAI employs about 20,000 staff, while its sister company Wingspan, which offers aviation-related services, has about 4,900 workers on its payroll.


    The deputy premier said the Finance Ministry wants to see a proposal which clearly outlines how THAI plans to review its management structure and business strategies, so it can remain competitive in the aviation market once the pandemic subsides.


    Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, THAI has temporarily suspended all of its international services (except charters and cargo flights) until May 31, while its low-cost subsidiary THAI Smile takes over its domestic services to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi.


    As a result of the decision, THAI's Executive Vice President for Finance and Accounting, Nattapong Samit-ampaipisarn, said the company will ground 69 of its 82 jets until the situation improves.


    According to Mr Nattapong, travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus have hurt the company's operations significantly.


    That said, air travel has not ground to a complete halt as THAI continues to operate cargo flights and stands ready to arrange special flights to repatriate Thais stranded abroad if requested, he said.


    He added that THAI's other businesses, such as inflight catering and ground services, are still operating.


    Amid the tough times, labour rights campaigners are calling on the government and airline companies to ensure fair treatment of workers in the aviation sector.


    The State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation and the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee yesterday said airlines should clearly specify when staff will be able to return to work and ensure that the crisis is not being used to trigger lay-offs.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1889635/govt-wont-let-thai-go-under-somkid

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thai AirAsia to stop domestic flights in April

    Thai AirAsia will suspend its domestic route service from April 1 to 30, while passengers can change their flights with no limit, the airline announced.


    Passengers can change their flights with no limit, but the new flights must start within October 31. There is no charge for this change of flight.

    Alternatively passengers can save the ticket value in the AirAsia BIG account for booking flights in the future within 365 days, after his/her credit limit is approved.


    These options are for passengers who book the flight online through airasia.com.

    Thai AirAsia to stop domestic flights in April
    I had a flight booked on NokAir yesterday (30th) which was cancelled. Called their number, spoke to a very polite human being who promised a full refund into my bank account within a few days. Sorted.
    Then I had a flight booked on AirAsia today (31st) CNX to Hanoi. Which was cancelled. I have tried repeatedly to use their online 'Assistant' and either get bounced off or stuck in a queue. The longest I have waited before giving up was 70 minutes. I understand that they are busy, so: get some more people! I paid for something they chose not to deliver. I want my money back. Should be simple.
    Maybe I should put AirAsia on the Moan of the Day thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I understand that they are busy, so: get some more people! I paid for something they chose not to deliver. I want my money back. Should be simple.
    You and absolutely everyone else booked on them. I would just learn to be patient, if this is peeving you, a couple of months of lock down will have you suicidal or homicidal.


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    Airline business ethics.
    Contradictory terminology.

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    ^^^ less than a fortnight's notice of cancellation. They have to refund the money within a set time. I think it's two weeks but maybe longer. They'll have thousands of customers with the same problem. Relax, it'll get sorted. This is going to be one hell of a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You and absolutely everyone else booked on them. I would just learn to be patient

    The main purpose of my message was to highlight how ethically andd promptly NokAir handled the issue. In stark contrast to AirAsia.
    It isn't a question of patience, it is a matter of having to jump through thei hoops to get a refund. I spent 90 patient minutes of my life in a Helpline queue before giving up again this morning.
    Just because many people are suffering too doesn't make AirAsia's shyster practices any less unethical.

    Coronavirus: 'I don't want a flight voucher, where's my refund?' - BBC News

    Anyway, whilst we are here, is anyone opening a book on which airlines will collapse and when?

    My bet is that AirAsia will not be flying before the end of 2020.

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