Nok Air Suspends Bangkok-Yangon Flights

8th Mar 2020

Nok Air Logo

Low-cost carrier Nok Air has suspended some of its flights between Bangkok and Yangon, Myanmar as the company continues to reel from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

A report by Eleven Myanmar said on Saturday that Nok Air will suspend morning flights between the two points until end-March 2020 while leaving evening flights unaffected.

“We will … fully refund or shift the morning flight tickets to evening flights or make changes to their choices of destinations within three months,” an unnamed Nok Air official was quoted as saying, adding that the affected customers were now informed of the changes.

Slashing flight frequencies to some destinations was part of Nok Air’s efforts to tighten operating expenses, while other measures included laying off employees, cutting financial incentives of some 500 pilots and crew members, and offering passengers with free one-way fares to select destinations in Thailand.

At present, Thailand has a total of 50 confirmed coronavirus infections, two of which were confirmed on Saturday. The two new cases involved Thai men who returned from Italy, also one of the countries with the highest number of coronavirus infections. Of the total infection, one succumbed to the virus, 31 have recovered, while 18 are undergoing treatment.