Thai Airways Now Flying To 13 Airports In 10 Countries

Fresh from pushing its rehabilitation plan through a Bangkok Bankruptcy Court, Thai Airways continues to refine its route network. Amid ongoing border closures and travel restrictions, Thai Airways is now flying to 13 cities in 10 countries through to late September.

Thai Airways is back flying to 13 destinations in 10 countries. Photo: Getty Images

Thai Airways is slowly rebuilding its international network

In an update to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Tuesday, Thai’s new Acting CEO, Suvadhana Sibunruang, said Thai Airways working in tandem with the Thai Government to support the Phuket Sandbox campaign. That’s resulting in several Europe-bound flights operate via Phuket.

Between July 1 and September 30, Thai Airways is flying to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Australia, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark, either directly from Bangkok or via Phuket.

Flights between Phuket (HKT) and Europe will operate weekly. Four flights are on the schedules, including a weekly Bangkok (BKK) – Phuket – London (LHR) service. Thai Airways will also operate a weekly Bangkok – Paris (CDG) – Phuket – Bangkok service. Switzerland will see a weekly Bangkok – Zurich (ZRH) – Phuket – Bangkok flight. Finally, Thai Airways will run a weekly Bangkok – Phuket – Frankfurt (FRA) roundtrip service.  That’s four Thai Airways international services a week through HKT in support of Project Sandbox.

In addition, Europe is also starting to see some direct flights into or out of Bangkok back in the Thai Airways timetable. Thai Airways is operating twice-weekly flights between Bangkok and London, Bangkok and Frankfurt, and Bangkok and Copenhagen (CPH). Both Copenhagen and Frankfurt flights will utilize Airbus A350-900 aircraft, while LHR will see a Boeing 777-300ER.

Many Europe-bound Thai Airways flights now fly via Phuket. Photo: Getty Images

Stay informed: Sign up for our daily and weekly aviation news digests.

Japan sees some love from Thai Airways

Elsewhere, Japan is getting a lot of attention from Thai Airways with a combined 14 weekly flights to four different airports. Both Nagoya (NGO) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) will see twice-weekly return flights from BKK. Flights between Bangkok and Osaka (ITM) will operate four times a week. Finally, flights between Bangkok and Tokyo Narita (NRT) will run six times a week. The Thai Airways website notes aircraft types will vary on its Japan services.

Manila (MNL) will see thrice-weekly Thai Airways return services from Bangkok, also using various types of planes. Seoul (ICN) sees three times a week flights from Bangkok using 777-300ER aircraft. Hong Kong (HGK) tops the frequency stakes with daily Airbus A350-900 flights.

Wrapping up Thai’s international flights is a twice-weekly Boeing 777-300ER service between Bangkok and Sydney (SYD).

Despite imagery on the Thai Airway’s website indicating flights to Dhaka (DAC) and Lahore (LHE), flights to both cities are unavailable, and flights to neither destination are addressed in Tuesday’s stock exchange update. A check of low-cost subsidiary Thai Smile’s website also indicates that airline is also not flying to either destination.

Thai Airways once common Boeing 747s are now replaced by smaller planes on long-haul flights. Photo: Getty Images

Thai Airway route network still a shadow of its former glory

Further, a swathe of regular Thai Airways destinations worldwide remains off the schedules. Missing are many long-range intercontinental flights and the thick intra-Asia flights that are normally the bread and butter of Thai Airways operations.

Except for Thai passport holders, entering Thailand remains a challenge. The exception is the Sandbox flights to Phuket. However, that trial is facing significant teething problems. Meanwhile, Thai Airways is attempting to reboot its business after a near-death bankruptcy experience. It remains a challenging flying environment for Thai Airways, but they get points for tenacity and persistence.