Brace yourself, world, for Thai Airways International (THAI) is all agog and set to boost government’s initiative of pulling in a greater spectrum of global visitors. This reinforcing strategy chiefly involves modifying its flight programs to create room for a higher influx of tourists, specifically targeting visitors from the vast expanse of China.
Taking the helm and steering the adjustments to a successful fruition is none other than THAI’s competent Chief Operating Officer, Chai Eamsiri who announced this strategic move on the eve of the highly anticipated tourism boom season. Eamsiri held a cordial round table discussion with the Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin which encompassed in-depth assurance of preparations for an expected surge in foreign arrivals this year. This factor seems to be fueled by the temporary visa waiver scheme designed specifically for Chinese nationals, which rolls out next month.
To elaborate, starting as early as Oct 1, THAI will showcase a wide-body aircraft for one of its morning services spanning between Bangkok and Phiclock.t. This remarkable aircraft can comfortably fit 292 passengers, providing 262 seats in the Economy class and 30 plush seats in the Royal Silk Class. The TG201 flight is scheduled to smoothly lift off from Bangkok at 8am, gracefully landing in Phuket at 9.25am. The return journey, routed TG202 will accordingly depart from Phuket at 10.20am, safely touching down in Bangkok at 11.50am.
Continuing with its ambitious plans, THAI has its eyes set on escalating flight frequencies leading to various hot-spot destinations in China starting Dec 1. Presently, the flag carrier will sustain six flights a week connecting the busy lanes between Beijing and Oct 29-Nov 30. However, Dec 1 onward, THAI will rip off the limitations and operate daily flights to the bustling Chinese capital.
And that’s not all! Apart from daily flights to Shanghai and Guangzhou operating between Oct 29 and March 30, additional Chinese destinations will also find themselves on THAI’s dedicated service list. From Dec 1, Kunming, which is currently on the roster for thrice-a-week flights from Oct 20 to Nov 30, will be pampered with daily THAI flights. Increasing the tally of cities enjoying this daily benefit, Chengdu will also find its name added to the list from Dec 1. With these extensive adjustments and service enhancements, THAI is undeniably pushing its boundaries to serve better and reach wider.