Thai Smile Airways to serve ‘travel bubble’ international flights including China

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak will not allow ailing flag-carrier Thai Airways International to collapse and dismissed rumours of impending lay-offs. (Bangkok Post photo). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BANGKOK, Oct 9, 2020, TNA. Thai Airways International (THAI) has confirmed it will not disband its wholly owned Thai Smile Airways, the business of which remains competitive, Pattaya Mail reported.

Acting THAI president Chansin Treenuchagron said there was not a plan to shut down the airline as the operations of Thai Smile Airways was gradually improving and its passenger load factor already rose to 70%.

He said that Thai Smile Airways operated domestic flights, had Southeast Asian routes and planned to serve short international flights with ‘travel bubble’ countries including China. Besides, the salaries and welfare of its staff ensured its competitiveness.

“The operating results are gradually improving and its dissolution is unnecessary. Thai Smile is a competitive strategy of THAI. It has served its popular “fried dough sticks” on its flights since Oct 7 and received a very warm welcome,” Mr Chansin said. (TNA)

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