The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that following the Royal Thai Government’s decision to further ease COVID-19 control measures, interprovincial transportation has resumed new normal operations while some routes remain suspended in some areas considered at higher risk.
DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on 25 February, 2021, allowed airline operators to serve food and drinks to passengers, as well as sell souvenirs on board domestic flights.
Air Asia resumed direct flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Narathiwat, from 22 February, 2021. Direct flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Nan, Nakhon Ratchasima, and direct flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Loei, Buri Ram, Sakhon Nakhon, Chumphon, and Ranong resume from 1 March, 2021. Cross-sector routes will start from 15 March, 2021.
Bangkok Airways resumes its passenger lounge service, in addition to food and beverages kiosk services at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Phuket International Airport, Krabi International Airport, Samui Airport, Sukhothai Airport and Trat Airport from 1 March, 2021, onwards.
The airline also announces that the Phuket-Hat Yai service will resume from 28 March, 2021. This will bring the total number of its destinations to eight, which are Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Lampang, Phuket, Samui, Sukhothai, and Trat – all operating from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi).
However, it will delay the launch of two planned new routes: Bangkok – Khon Kaen and Bangkok – Hat Yai to 2022. At the same time, flights on the Phuket – U-Tapao, Phuket – Samui still remain temporarily suspended until further notice.
Thai Lion Air is operating direct flights from Don Mueang International Airport to 13 Thai cities: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Surat Thani, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Hat Yai – Udon Thani, from 13 January, 2021.
Thai Vietjet Airlines resumed its four-weekly Phuket – Chiang Rai service from 26 February, 2021. The airline is also undergoing a check-in system upgrade at Suvarnabhumi Airport from 1 March, 2021.