25th Feb 2020
Thai airlines are offering various airfare promotions to offset the drop in the number of passengers entering Thailand.
Thai Vietjet Air, for instance, has launched a 50-percent sale on all routes across Thailand while Thai Airways slashed airfares to steer the market and offered free domestic tickets to foreign passengers.
Meanwhile, long-haul carrier Nok Scoot announced it was reducing the number of pilots and cabin crew by 11 and 36, respectively, while its parent firm Nok Air will axe four pilots. The latter also said that it was reducing the per diem allowance of some 500 pilots and crew members, as proposed by its employees, to help offset higher expenses. Nok Air was also offering one-way domestic fares at 680 baht for travel this month.
Foreign passengers of Thai AirAsia will be given a 100-baht-discount on domestic flights within a designated period.
Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) President Chairat Trirattanajarasporn believed that losses to be incurred will be larger than the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) projection of 250 billion baht, assuming that the virus lasts longer than six months.
“Operators are ready to comply with stimulus plans from the authorities to secure at least 36 million international tourists this year. But the government has to think and act faster than this, or most businesses will collapse because of the impact," he said.
Next month, the TAT and Thai Airways are set to launch the “Amazing Flight, Amazing Thailand” campaign at the ITB Berlin 2020, with 10,000 discounted tickets to Thailand set to be offered for travel dates May to October 2020. Thai Airways will also include a roundtrip ticket for a local route with both Thai Airways and Thai Smile.
“We'll start with 10,000 tickets. If the feedback is good TAT will talk with THAI about increasing the number of sale tickets,” TAT deputy governor of marketing communications Tanes Petsuwan said.
Petsuwan said the campaign is expected to generate 500-million-baht in sales.