Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced plans to expand its international destinations in the upcoming high season in order to attract more tourists. The airline will also resume flights to Istanbul, Turkey, which is an important aviation hub connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa. This decision was made after THAI signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Airlines in August. Starting in December, THAI will operate a daily flight to Istanbul using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with departure from Suvarnabhumi airport at 11.45pm and arrival in Istanbul at 6.05am local time.
THAI’s CEO, Chai Eamsiri, stated that the airline will also introduce new flights to Oslo (Norway), Milan (Italy), and Sydney and Perth (Australia). Additionally, THAI expects a significant increase in its cabin load factor on flights from China in the fourth quarter, with a projected 75% jump, thanks to the visa-exemption scheme for Chinese citizens. This scheme is expected to generate monthly revenues of 240 million baht during the visa-free period, leading to a surge in reservations on Chinese travel booking platforms like Ctrip and Tuniu.
To cater to the increased demand, THAI plans to operate daily flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming, and Chengdu. Furthermore, the airline intends to expand its services to Sapporo and Fukuoka, increase the frequency of flights to Tokyo, and introduce charter flights to Sendai. Effective December 1, Taipei will receive twice-daily flights.
THAI’s future plans also include increasing flight frequencies to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam starting from October 29, as well as launching a new route to Kathmandu, Nepal, on December 1.
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