Three Airlines Cut Flights to Bangkok Amidst Protests
The political unrest currently underway in Bangkok has convinced at least three airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines, to reduce the number of flights into Thailand's capital during the second half of January and February.
"We've learned that Singapore Airlines plans to cut 19 flights between Jan 14 and Feb 25. Cathay will probably follow suit because passengers are uneasy about the political situation in Thailand," Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Rawewan Netrakavesna told the Bangkok Post. Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that Hong Kong Airlines was probably going to cut about 60 flights as well.
This is certainly a sad thing to see for both Thailand and the airlines, but we can't say we're surprised that travelers aren't filling the seats with anti-government protesters planning to shut down the city on January 13th.
While we don't encourage anyone to go crossing Bangkok off their bucketlists, we do think the situation deserves to be watched closely. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but violence did break out and four people were shot and killed on December 26th.
[Photo: Bangkok Post/Kitja Apichonrojarek]