Thai Airways passengers drop by 10% due to political unrest

September 2nd, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Flight Officer Apinan Sumanaseni (อภินันทน์ สุมนะเศรณี), President of Thai Airways International, reveals that passenger numbers have dropped by 10% during the last 1 to 2 days following recent bouts of unrest within Thailand.

Mr. Apinan said that passengers from most Asia-Pacific nations, including Japan, South Korea, and China have elected to avoid traveling to Thailand for the time being. The governments of Singapore, South Korea, and Australia have also issued travel warnings to their citizens to avoid visiting Thailand following Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s (สมัคร สุนทรเวช) implementation of the Emergency Decree within the Bangkok Metropolitan area this morning.

The President of Thai Airways International admits that continous passenger decline will impact the airline’s revenue. Mr. Apinan said that the airline will attempte to find measures to counter the drop in passengers, including the reduction of expenses in the flight and tourism divisions. He adds that the passenger decline comes at a bad time for Thai Airways, which has reported a loss of over 7 billion baht due to rising oil prices.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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