Several airlines based in Thailand will resume flights between the capital, Bangkok to destinations in China except for Beijing and Shanghai this week.
Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airways, Thai Lion Air, and Thai AirAsia all have announced their resumption of flight routes to China after the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) eased some travel restrictions recently. The resumption of China routes will begin with a Thai Airways flight to Guangzhou on Saturday.
However, due to the still ongoing COVID-19 crisis in China, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a warning that any airlines found to be carrying infected passengers will be immediately canceled by the Chinese authorities. CAAT thus expects these companies to perform a tight screening procedure for any passengers traveling to China.
While CAAT is hoping that the CAAC will gradually increase the flight quota to Thailand, the ongoing health crisis and strict restrictions in China also mean that these airlines are unlikely to see a large number of passengers from China to Thailand for the time being.
Prior to the pandemic, China was Thailand’s largest tourism market with over 10 million Chinese or more than a quarter of 40 million international tourists visiting the country in 2019.
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