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Thursday 7 May 2020

Last chance for Thai Airways

Crisis-torn Thai Airways is set to get a government bailout but has been warned it will get no more cash.

The Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha told the airline's management not to squander its latest bailout, Travel Mole reported. 

"This is the last time that Thai Airways will receive support from the government. If the situation worsens, there will be a complete structural overhaul of the airline," the PM said.

The Finance Ministry agreed to a THB54 billion ($US1.8 billion) bailout and up to THB80 billion in a recovery loan.

Prayut said the airline 'must achieve 10 goals and not waste the government-backed loan".

Conditions form part of a cost-cutting restructuring plan which will lead to a leaner airline business.

The fleet size will be gradually reduced from 103 to 84 planes by 2024, and loss-making routes and possibly staff numbers will be cut.

The national carrier had been in financial trouble long before the Covid-19 outbreak started and had been making a loss for the past few years.

The bailout is still awaiting full cabinet approval.

I've always considered Thai Airways to be one of my favourite Asian airlines, so fingers crossed for its future.  

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