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Thai Airways Extends Suspension of International Flights

On 21 April, TravelNewsAsia.com reported that Thai Airways had extended its suspension of international flights until 30 June / 1 July (see also important update towards the bottom of this page).

The airline officially confirmed this extension on Monday, 18 May 2020, and warned that "resumption in July 2020, is still under consideration".

On Saturday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) banned international flights from flying into Thailand until 17:00 UTC on 30 June 2020.

Thai Airways Boeing 777 reg: HS-TKE. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The ban does not include state or military aircraft, emergency landings, technical landings without disembarkation, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

Thai Airways had originally suspended international services until 31 May 2020 and placed all of its staff on temporary leave from 4 April to 31 May 2020.

Thai Airways says it is monitoring the situation carefully, including the preventive measures and lockdowns of each country and overall travel demand.

The airline is currently operating chartered flights to bring stranded Thais home. For example, Thai Airways, together with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a special flight from Seoul to Bangkok on Saturday to repatriate 204 stranded Thai people who had flown from New York and Los Angeles to Seoul on a special Asiana flight.

The airline is also operating cargo flights so that it can support Thai farmers by delivering agricultural produce.

UPDATE 5 June 2020: Thai Airways has extended its suspension of international flights until 1 August 2020 at the earliest. Flights to London and other key cities will recommence on 1 August whilst others will be resumed gradually. Milan for example, is now scheduled to recommence on 25 October 2020. More on this to come.

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