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THAI cuts flights to Singapore, S Korea amid coronavirus concern

Published : 19 Feb 2020 08:48 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:06 AM

Thai Airways reduced flight operations to Singapore and South Korea from its hub in Bangkok due to dramatic fall in demand and cancellations caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Nond Kalinta, Vice President – Sales Department, Thai Airways International said the airline had adjusted flights to match commercial demand, report agencies.

He confirmed the following changes: flights cut on the Bangkok-Singapore-Bangkok route from five to four flights daily effective February 20 to March 27 and on Bangkok-Seoul-Bangkok route from five to four daily effective February 26 to March 28. The airline also announced to cancel flights on the Bangkok-Busan-Bangkok route effective February 27 to March 6.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s major airlines are suspending some services to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Following a travel advisory that recommended Koreans should refrain from travelling to countries that have confirmed cases of the Covid-29 virus, Asiana Airlines suspended flights to Bangkok and Chiang Mai while Jeju Air and Korean Air halted its service from Busan to Bangkok.

The South Korean travel advisory recommended travellers refrain from visiting Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.