TAT updates regarding impact on Thailand-Europe flights due to Pakistani airspace closure

Bangkok, 28 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would to provide an update regarding the impact on flights between Thailand and Europe due to the Pakistani airspace closure as India-Pakistan tensions rise.

TAT updates regarding impact on Thailand-Europe flights due to Pakistani airspace closure

Photo from www.thaiairways.com

THAI resumes normal flight operations to Europe

Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced that normal flight operations to Europe have now resumed through airspace outside of Pakistan.

Flight Lieutenant Pratana Patanasiri, THAI Vice President, Aviation Safety, Security and Standards Department, said that to ensure the highest standard of operational safety, THAI received permission from the authority to operate its flights through the airspace of the People’s Republic of China.

These include the four day-time flights on 28 February 2019 from Bangkok to Moscow, London, Frankfurt and Stockholm.

On 1 March 2019, THAI will operate 10 night-time flights from Bangkok to London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen and Oslo. Passengers are required to check-in on the night of 28 February 2019

In addition, THAI will operate flights between Bangkok and Muscat but will not make a stopover in Karachi. The airline also cancelled flights between Bangkok and Lahore on 28 February 2019.

THAI is advising all its passengers travelling on the above-mentioned flights to check its official announcements and keep abreast of all related news. For information on flight schedules, passengers may check at thaiairways.com or the THAI Contact Centre at Tel: +66 (0) 35 61111.

Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready to facilitate passengers

Suvarnabhumi Airport has announced that it is ready to facilitate passengers affected by the closing declaration of airspace in Pakistan, which may affect flights travelling to Europe and Pakistan.

Passengers are advised to check the flight schedule before arriving at the Airport, and ask for flight information from the airline that they are travelling on about the flight status in order not to be left behind at the Airport, or waste time traveling to Suvarnabhumi Airport. For more information, passengers may contact the AOT Contact Centre on 1722.

TAT would like to advise tourists travelling on flights between Thailand and Europe to check official announcements from airlines or airport authorities. TAT recognises the immense importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an ongoing top priority for us. Besides the above-mentioned contact numbers, if tourists do experience any unfortunate incidents, they are encouraged to immediately contact the Tourist Police Hotline on 1155, and can be confident that the authorities will do their utmost to provide all necessary assistance.

Six Thai airports declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019

Bangkok, 7 February, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is advising all tourists and travellers who are planning air travel via the kingdom’s six major airports that all smoking rooms inside the terminals have been closed from 3 February, 2019.

The six airports are Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, all operated and managed by the Airports of Thailand (AOT).

Six Thai airports declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019

According to AOT, the move to close all smoking rooms is in line with the 2017 Tobacco Control Act. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health’s official announcement in November 2018, has also listed “public areas of airports” among several new zones where smoking of tobacco is prohibited.

The new smoking zones at AOT-operated airports will carry a fine of up to 5,000 Baht.

TAT understands that AOT has designated smoking areas outside the terminals. For more information, tourists and travellers passing through these six airports are advised to contact the AOT Contact Centre by calling Tel.: 1722 or visit the airport information counter.

Also, TAT would like to express thanks to each and every tourist and traveller for their understanding, as Thailand’s proactive smoking ban is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for all.

Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places. This include the recent smoking ban on Thai beaches.

*Featured image: Suvarnabhumi Airport

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