Friday, 23 May 2014

Carry on Regardless: Thai Airways keeps flying high

Things have got a little hairy in Bangkok over the past few days; martial law has been declared with a curfew in place from 10pm to 5am. 

But Thai Airways, who have been flying for 54 years and have seen a disturbance or two come and go, have announced that all Thai flights are continuing to operate as usual despite the unrest.
Thai have always been one of my favourite airlines, known for their always gracious service and tasty meals, even in economy class. 

Like on most international carriers, the seats are a little closer together than they used to be but if you are lucky enough to find a couple of empty seats and stretch out then it is almost as good as flying business.

And with many holidaymakers having postponed their trips, flights are unlikely to be full right now.

Thai Airways advises customers arrive at airports three hours prior to the scheduled departure time - and should you wish to change your dates. for tickets issued on or before May 22 then you will be allowed to change your dates to and from Thailand by June 30 without fees and surcharges.

Passengers travelling to/from and within Bangkok are advised the the National Peace and Order Maintenance Council has issued a curfew order until further notice, although Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport remains open and operating normally.

Departing passengers who are due to travel to the airport during curfew hours will be required to show their travel documents at check-points, hence a request to allow extra travel time.

The shuttle bus service between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports is also operating as usual but for information and updates on travel to Thailand, visitors should take a look at the Department of Foreign Affairs advisory at www.smartraveller.gov.au.

Thai Airways International flies 40 times a week from Australia to Bangkok with connections domestic Thailand, Asia, India and Europe, South Africa and Los Angeles.

Thai's World Sale fares in economy and Royal Silk Business class start from $876 return from Australia; or from $3456 return. www.thaiairways.com.au.

Thai Airways International is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance. For member rewards and entitlements, visit www.staralliance.com.

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