Thai Airways Cuts Flights to Hong Kong

19th Nov 2019

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd. is cutting down its flight frequency to Hong Kong amid the political unrest in the former British territory.

Thai Airways said that it would now fly between Bangkok and Hong Kong four times daily from five previously. The adjustment will be effective until January 2020.

Meanwhile, its subsidiary Thai Smile said it would continue to fly daily to Hong Kong.

International airlines have continued to reduce their flight frequencies to Hong Kong due to the pro-democracy protests that has been ongoing for six months. Millions of protesters, mostly college students, have stormed the streets to campaign initially the withdrawal of the now-junked extradition bill.

Other international airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, AirAsia Group Bhd, PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, SpiceJet, Jeju Air and Jin Air have also earlier announced a cut-down of flights.

The Airport Authority of Hong Kong on Sunday said that the protest already resulted in a 13-percent decline in the number of passengers flying from and to Hong Kong. It said that the airport was rather used as a transit point and not a destination point.

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