The Thai Skies Are Still Not So Friendly Due To COVID-19

Amid the rapidly spreading Covid-19 infection around the country, struggling airlines are scrambling to keep up with lockdowns, sealed provinces, travel restrictions, and ever-changing updates. AirAsia was the first airline to cancel all domestic flights this month, and other airlines quickly followed. Yesterday, Bangkok Airways suspended nearly all of its domestic flights until August 11. Other airlines canceling flights until the end of July are announcing their updated plans as August approaches.
Bangkok Airways said they would operate their flights in connection with the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus reopening programs, but weren’t sure about flights between Phuket and Samui. Cancellation of that route was announced today, effective August 3, to coincide with the province’s closing of its border to domestic travelers. There will still be flights between Singapore and Koh Samui despite outbreaks of Covid-19.
Nok Air has extended the cancellation of its flights until the end of August. Prior to the sealing of Phuket, they have also arranged flights between Pattaya’s U-Tapao airport and Phuket. The company added 3 extra flights for the next 3 days and will update their flight schedules following government restrictions during Phuket’s sealing period. Refunds reschedule, U-Tapao flight routes or a flight credit may be retained until March 2022 for the canceled flights.
Thai Lion has extended their cancellation policy until August 15, offering flexible options for ticketed passengers whose flights have been canceled. The airline is offering one free flight change or the option to extend the ticket value to the end of the year so passengers can continue to have credit for travel through December 31.
The changing rules and restrictions coming from the government will lead to more updates in the coming days, weeks, and months.

In Ubon Ratchathani, there was still some air traffic. As far as the weekend of August 1st, 2021, there was no air traffic at all.

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