BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Business first, tourists later, say air chiefs

Business first, tourists later, say air chiefs

THAILAND: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will begin talks on the resumption of international services with airline representatives today (June 16), according to director-general Chula Sukmanop.

CoronavirusCOVID-19tourismtransport
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 08:41AM


An airplane landing at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province yesterday (June 15). Photo:  Varuth Hirunyatheb

An airplane landing at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province yesterday (June 15). Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Priority will be given to business trips, with tourists from paired “travel bubble” countries being allowed in later, he said, adding that investors are financially ready to absorb costs related to the COVID-19 control measures such as a quarantine programme.

Mr Chula said he called in all airlines that operate international flights for discussions on measures to be implemented by the CAAT, the Public Health Ministry and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The measures include social distancing on planes and at airports, guidelines for inflight food services and quarantine areas aboard planes for passengers who fall sick during flights, he said.

According to Mr Chula, international flights would first resume to serve people who have to supervise businesses in Thailand or overseas. They would have to be prepared for quarantine and possible medical treatment costs, he said.

The CAAT director-general said he does not expect the travel bubbles for foreign tourists proposal would be ready for implementation next month as there are several factors to be considered, including the COVID-19 situation in other countries and the cost-effectiveness of flight routes, he said.

The CAAT has prolonged its ban on inbound and outbound commercial flights until June 30.

Thanyapura Health 360

However, certain flights are still allowed to land, such as those involving state or military aircraft, COVID-19 humanitarian aid, medicine, emergency landings and the repatriation of Thais from overseas who are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, Don Mueang airport expects to see a steady increase in passengers now that the curfew is lifted.

Sumpun Kutranon, manager of the airport, said yesterday the number of passengers in June rose sharply after several airlines resumed domestic flights.

The daily average number of passengers in May was 5,000 while the figure for June is 13,000, he said, adding that the number of flights also increased by 100%.

Currently, Don Mueang airport handles 148 flights per day.

“We expect to see a steady increase in passengers now the curfew is lifted. But it’s hard to say when the number will reach the 60,000 threshold of before the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
UK exempts Thais from quarantine

"PN has gone to the dogs" Actually that happened a long time ago. The same day a certai...(Read More)


Prayut backs return of tourists

How about making the tourists you have here feel welcomed. We continue to spend money and are virus ...(Read More)


Russian woman killed in motorbike accident on Rawai beachfront

Another person is killed and the usual suspects don't comment ! No questions like:"was he t...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Best news in a while ! The great protector says good bye. ...(Read More)


Activists end rally after submitting demands

K..."A Nation in a positive growing process." Best describe how is that relevant when you ...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

r.2...If anyone can't string a few words together into a coherent, factual manner in English, wr...(Read More)


Prayut backs return of tourists

Somethings smells off, not sure if its the Durian chips or the PM?...(Read More)


Ministry vows Bangkok special tourist visa arrivals by October

Thai Government refuse to understand, that foreigners, after a year of hard working go out for a fre...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

Does Thai Immigration has enough handcuffs/shackles, prison space for thousands of overstayers? Have...(Read More)