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Domestic Flights Are Back To Normal

October 17, 2021

Domestic flights have resumed running at the complete potential in step with the state-of-the-art easing of Covid-19 regulations which took impact
Suttipong Kongpool, director-preferred of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), stated the revised tips for airways running home flights have lifted potential limits on home flights.
The variety of passengers turned into formerly constrained to 75% of the whole potential
Under the brand new tips which took impact yesterday, airways also can perform greater flights however need to follow the middle of the night curfew which has been shortened with the aid of using hours from eleven pm to three am.
He stated the revisions are in step with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s selection to loosen up the virus curbs. The airways are nevertheless required to enforce in-flight Covid-19 prevention measures, he stated.
Meanwhile, the public fitness government will maintain talks with diverse corporations withinside the delivery and tourism sectors to exercise session similarly information in advance of the Nov 1 reopening scheme, stated a senior public fitness official.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-preferred of the Department of Disease Control, stated enterprise operators in 15 provinces wherein completely vaccinated overseas vacationers from low-threat international locations can go to without quarantine need to have sufficient time to prepare.
More than 20 international locations were proposed as low-threat however the listing has but to be finalized, he stated.
When pronouncing the reopening plan to restart the tourism enterprise final week, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated there could be as a minimum 10 “low threat” international locations, which includes Singapore, Germany, China, and the US.
Dr. Opas stated there are 4 essential Covid-19 prevention measures for corporations to observe.
They are vaccination, regular protection, the adoption of secure environments, and rigorous screening in particular in high-threat institutions along with air-conditioned restaurants.
“An assembly might be held subsequent week with numerous corporations and enterprise operators. We may have greater information with the aid of using them. But with the measures being taken we trust the operators might be ready [for reopening].”
As for worldwide vacationers getting back from low-threat international locations, he stated they may go through Covid-19 assessments upon arrival and watch for consequences at SHA Plus or ASQ inns earlier than they are able to experience the relaxation in their holiday.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Is Under COVID-19 Lockdown

October 2, 2021

Due to an increase in local Covid-19 infections, parts of the Muang district in this southern province will be under lockdown from Saturday.
Kraisorn Wisitwong, the provincial governor, announced the lockdown on Friday without specifying a reopening date. Entry into the area will be screened at checkpoints, he said, adding that only those on essential trips will be allowed in.
The province reported 526 new Coronavirus cases on Friday, up from 378 a day earlier. According to figures from the provincial public health office, the Muang district had the most infections with 195.
The National Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will include the most recent data in its daily report.
According to Kraisorn, the lockdown was intended to keep the pandemic under control in the district.
The disease has mostly been reported in southern provinces and Greater Bangkok.
Bangkok and adjacent provinces, however, have seen a steady decline in new cases, with Bangkok numbers dropping “significantly,” CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson said.
During the previous 24 hours, 1,917 new infections were recorded in the four southern border provinces. That worked out to 17% of all new cases nationwide, up from 15% earlier.

Thailand Has Four Phases Of Reopening The Country To The World

September 29, 2021

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced its plan to gradually reopen Thailand. CCSA’s plan includes four phases that take into account tourism revenue, geography, and COVID prevention.
Pilot phase: October 1 to October 31. Phuket, Surat Thani, including Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, and Koh Tao islands. Phang Nga, including Khao Lak coastal area and Koh Yao island. Krabi, including Koh Phi Phi and Koh Ngai islands, Railay, Khlong Muang and Tub Kaak beaches. Also included in the Pilot Phase are the Phuket and Samui Sandbox programs that were previously launched over the last couple of months.Phase 1: November 1 to 30 Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan, including Hua Hin and Nong Kae subdistricts. Phetchaburi, including the Cha-am district. Chonburi, including Pattaya City, Jomtien, and Bang Saray subdistricts. Ranong, including Koh Phayam. Chiang Mai, including Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao districts. Loei, including the Chiang Khan district. Buriram, including the Muang district.Phase 2: December 1 to 31. Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae, Nong Khai, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Trat, Rayong, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, and Narathiwat.Phase 3: January 2022-TBD. Surin, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Tak, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Nan, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Satun.

Pattaya City’s mayor also confirmed that Pattaya will not reopen until November.

Survey of Thai Hotel Operators Shows That Most of Them Want To Close Temporarily

September 8, 2021

52% of hotel operators are thinking about temporarily closing, while 9% want to close permanently if the Covid-19 pandemic persists longer than expected.
A joint survey by the Bank of Thailand and Thai Hotels Association (THA) found that 62% of hotel operators planned to reduce labor costs in order to deal with the financial effects of the pandemic.
61% of respondents said they planned to cut other expenses.
In the survey conducted between Aug 13-28, the central bank and THA surveyed 234 respondents, 14 of whom were alternative state quarantines and five were hospitals.
A total of 38% of Phuket Sandbox respondents said foreign tourist arrivals were lower than expected, but 35% said the numbers were what they expected.
The occupancy rate averaged 15%.
Surat Thani, the host of the Samui Plus model, reported fewer travelers than expected, with an average occupancy rate of 4%.
Over half of hotel operators reported income below 10% of pre-Covid levels, and 17% earned 11-30% of their pre-outbreak income.
According to THAI president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, hotels nationwide had an occupancy rate of 10.6% in August, only slightly higher than the previous month’s 9.6%.
65% of hotel operators said they were only able to survive for less than three months.
Marisa said that while 17% of them remained closed, the number of active hotels increased from 40.1% in July to 48.4% in August, mainly driven by hotels in Bangkok, which turned to the long-stay market, and in Phuket, which has its quarantine-free program for inoculated tourists.
A recent drop in confidence in Koh Samui prompted tourism operators to call for a relaxation of the Samui Plus model, which still requires inbound tourists to stay at quarantine facilities for three days.
She suggested applying the quarantine-free approach to other destinations to stimulate demand, which could help hotels survive the tough financial crisis.
By September 6, Samui had received only 621 tourists via the pilot program, while over 400 tourists had completed the program in Phuket and then traveled to Samui.
Starting July 15, tourists spent 7,136 nights in Samui Plus destinations, and another 8,335 have been reserved in advance.
Phuket saw 176,128 and 125,434 room nights booked in August and September, respectively.

Starting Sept. 1, Domestic Flights Will Resume In 29 Dark Red Zone Provinces

August 29, 2021

After restrictions in the Covid-19 dark-red zones were eased, domestic air travel will resume in those areas with some restrictions on Sept 1, 2021, according to Airports of Thailand.
The authority states that air passengers will still be subject to restrictions imposed by airports in their destinations.
Among them are mobile tracking apps, full vaccination certificates, and Covid-19 test results.
Load factors might also be raised to 70% from 50% in order to bring down airline fares. Airborne drinks and food are not allowed.
Domestic flights from gateway airports to the 29 provinces must meet the following requirements:

Phitsanulok and Chumphon
Usage of a mobile tracking app
14-day quarantine

Phuket and Krabi
Usage of mobile tracking app
Results of RT-PCR or ATK tests conducted by physicians
Full-vaccination certificate or proof of no infection within the past 90 days

Hua Hin and Trang
Usage of tracking app
Full-vaccination certificate or proof of no infection within the past 90 days

Phrae, Nan, Sakhon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai and Buri Ram
Usage of tracking app
Full-vaccination certificate
On-arrival testing if required

Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Lampang
Usage of tracking mobile app
Full-vaccination certificate
Negative RT-PCR test results

Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Nakhon Phanom, and Nakhon Si Thammarat
Usage of tracking app
Full-vaccination certificate
Results of RT-PCR or ATK tests conducted by physicians

Usage of tracking app
Full-vaccination certificate
Results of RT-PCR or ATK tests conducted by physicians

Surat Thani
Usage of tracking app

Bangkok (Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi), Narathiwat, and U-Tapao airports

Following a recent decision by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to ease curbs on the zones, the curbs were eased.
There have been no flights in Ubon Ratchathani for weeks.

Sandbox Expats in Phuket Have Been Left Stranded Due To Suspension Of Local Flights

August 4, 2021

Sandbox tourists left stranded in Phuket after all domestic flights were suspended after the severe Covid-19 outbreak will be offered a special bus transfer service to Suvarnabhumi airport as an ad hoc solution.
Those planning to take a flight from Suvarnabhumi to their other destinations will be able to use the service, while those intending to return to Phuket can do so as return flights are available there, as usual, said Phuket governor Narong Wunsiew recently.
The bus transfer service will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until Aug 16, he said. It will cost 1,500 baht per person.
He said the bus leaves Central Phuket Festival at 5am and stops at a PTT petrol station in Thalang district at 5.30 am before heading to Suvarnabhumi, where it is scheduled to arrive at 9 pm the same day.
Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus-certified hotels can only book Sandbox Express Bus service, he said.
Several tourists who arrived at the Phuket Sandbox on July 1, 2021, had to return home after spending some time there.
Narong noted that many of these Phuket Sandbox tourists had planned further travel after Phuket before the pandemic situation became so serious.
Several of these tourists are Thais who wished to leave Phuket after the required 14-day stay was fulfilled, and most have no problems continuing to their destinations, he said.
“Only some of these Thai tourists – and their foreign counterparts – who wish to go on to the other provinces now require assistance, and the province is working with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on ways to ensure their comfort,” said the governor.
Based on its stringent control measures for Covid-19, Phuket is considered the safest place in Thailand in terms of outbreaks.
Due to the suspension of domestic flights on July 20, the travel plans of numerous Phuket Sandbox tourists who finished their 14-day stay have been affected, according to Nanthasiri Ronsiri, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office.
It is likely that many of them wanted to travel to other destinations in Thailand before going to Bangkok and leaving the country via Suvarnabhumi, she said.
When tourists inquire about traveling to other provinces, the office now tries to convince them to stay on in Phuket for their own safety and offers them special tourism programs,” the official said.
Those who insist on traveling to Bangkok have only the bus transfer service as an option, she said, while Nok Air is still in talks with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand about operating a one-way flight from Phuket to U-Tapao airport specifically for Phuket Sandbox passengers.
Thailand’s top land transport official says drivers of buses transporting passengers to Suvarnabhumi airport are subject to strict Covid-19 control measures when they return to Phuket. This is because Suvarnabhumi is in the dark-red zone, where the outbreak situation is critical.
Phuket Sandbox has welcomed 14,055 tourists over the past month.


I should be soon hitting 20,000 visitors.

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

August 1, 2021

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.