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THAI cancels night flights to Europe
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:36:50 AM »

THAI cancels night flights to Europe   bangkokpost.com

All flights from Thailand to Europe were cancelled Wednesday night and early Thursday after Pakistan closed its airspace.

Initial flights cancelled were four from Suvarnabhumi - TG974 to Moscow, TG954 to Oslo, TG930 to Paris, and TG916 to London - and TG296 from Phuket to Frankfurt.

Swiss Airlines quickly cancelled its scheduled flight to Zurich.

All flights were likely to be delayed, airport workers told passengers.

The airspace closures came as the two countries reported sharp clashes including the reported downing of two Indian warplanes inside Pakistan.

Passengers mob the Thai Airways International ticket office at Suvarnabhumi after learning of their flight cancellations. (Photos Twitter/@js100radio)
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(Reuters) - Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire briefly along the contested border in Kashmir on Thursday morning, a day after the two nuclear powers both downed enemy jets, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot.



THAI Europe flights resume after cancellations

Thai Airways International (THAI) has resumed flight between Bangkok and Europe on Thursday after cancellations due to Pakistan's emergency closure of its airspace.

Flights from Bangkok to Europe and from Europe to Bangkok normally fly over Pakistan’s airspace but since the closure, THAI had asked for authorisation to fly to the continent over China’s airspace, the airline said on Thursday.

THAI’s flights from Bangkok to Europe to be resumed are:

Day flights on Thursday, February 28, 2019:

-TG974 Bangkok-Moscow [delay from actual schedule]

-TG916 Bangkok-London

-TG922 Bangkok-Frankfurt

TG962 Bangkok-Stockholm

Night flights on Thursday, February 28, and early morning of Friday, March 1, 2019

-TG920 from Bangkok-Frankfurt

- TG910 from Bangkok-London

-TG924 from Bangkok-Munich

-TG930 from Bangkok-Paris

-TG934 from Bangkok-Brussels

- TG940 from Bangkok-Milan

- TG936 from Bangkok-Vienna

- TG960 from Bangkok-Stockholm

- TG970 from Bangkok-Zurich

-TG950 from Bangkok-Copenhagen

-TG954 from Bangkok-Oslo

THAI will reroute its flights from Bangkok-Karachi-Bangkok on TG507 and TG508 on Thursday by flying to and from Muscat and will not stop in Karachi.

Flights from Bangkok-Lahore-Bangkok on TG345 and TG346 on Thursday are also cancelled.

THAI said it was closely monitoring the situation and asked passengers to call THAI at +662 356 1111 24 hours or visit www.thaiairways.com for updates on the flight schedule.

THAI passengers who hold tickets on routes affected by flight cancellation may change their itinerary. Fees and charges will be exempted, and conditions apply.

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Re: THAI cancels night flights to Europe
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 01:43:33 PM »

My flight back to UK next month is via Dubai. I noticed that Emirates flights were flying over India on a more southerly route than normal.
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Re: THAI cancels night flights to Europe
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2019, 06:09:29 PM »

Bit more of the same here, Tees from  nationmultimedia.com

The airport urged passengers to check flight schedules from airlines before leaving for the airport in order to reduce congestion at the airport. Passengers can call AOT contact centre on 1722 for more information.

Stranded passengers wait at the check-in area at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 28, 2019./AFP
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Re: THAI cancels night flights to Europe
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2019, 07:05:02 PM »

For interest I have family flying out here on EVA tonight and they have just had it confirmed that the plane will leave on schedule.
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Re: Stranded passengers at Suvarnabhumi peak at 4,900
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 12:31:04 AM »

Stranded passengers at Suvarnabhumi peak at 4,900

Some 4,900 passengers were stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday due to the temporary closure of airspace over Pakistan which snarled regional air traffic, especially between Asia and Europe.

Suvarnabhumi general manager Suthirawat Suwannawat said 4,000 of them were Thai Airways International travellers.

As of 1pm on Thursday, 16 inbound and 20 outbound flights were cancelled, while three flights returned on Wednesday after departing the airport, Wg Crd Suthirawat said.

THAI resumed flights to Europe on Thursday by rerouting to Chinese airspace. The airline is trying to send passengers stuck at the airport to their destinations through its allied airlines and on three planned special flights.

The flight resumption has reduced to 3,000 the number of THAI passengers waiting to leave the international gateway, according to Thera Buasri, director of THAI's Ground Operations Control Department.

"It's now down to 3,000 [stranded passengers]," he said. "We expect to take no longer than three days to send them all to their destinations," he said.

The terminal at Suvarnabhumi was so crowded that Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, tweeted a warning to "Please spare your time for your trip!''

The disruptions marked an unhappy end to a month-long tropical holiday for a group of 25 Danish students unable to board a connecting flight in Bangkok.

"The guard over there just said we have to go down to the basement to sleep. So we can't get any help or information,'' Sara Bjerregaard Larsen, 21, told the Associated Press.

Swiss tourist Gerlinde Hoff, 60, stayed overnight at the airport with her husband and by midday was still waiting for another flight home, according to Reuters.

"They only say 'You have to wait, you have to wait, you have to wait," she said. "I'm angry and I'm tired. It was such a nice holiday and now it's a little bit not so nice".

Malaysia Airlines also said in a travel advisory on its website that it was avoiding airspace over Pakistan and northern India "until further notice''.

Pakistan aviation authorities said the country's air space would reopen as of midnight Thursday (2am on Friday in Thailand). The government closed it on Wednesday after Pakistan said its military had shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

India also suspended flights through some of its northern airports on Wednesday. Those facilities were back to normal on Thursday, but flights both to the US and Europe out of New Delhi were affected.

A United flight from Newark, New Jersey, to New Delhi was rerouted through London and later cancelled, and Air Canada cancelled flights from Toronto and Vancouver to the Indian capital.

Air China cancelled its flight on Thursday from Beijing to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. According to an employee of the airline's publicity office in Beijing, the status of other flights would be decided later.

The closing of Pakistan's airspace saw Gulf Arab airlines, which serve as a link between East and West in global travel, rapidly reshuffle their flights.

In the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, civil aviation authorities immediately halted their flights to Pakistan. Airlines in those countries include the long-haul carriers Etihad, Emirates and Gulf Air.

Saudi Arabian Airlines and Oman Air similarly cancelled flights to Pakistan. Pakistanis work in a variety of blue- and white-collar jobs across the Gulf Arab states.

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Re: THAI: Stranded passengers to be cleared within 3 days
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 02:57:36 PM »

Three days, i bet there over the moon with that >:(

THAI: Stranded passengers to be cleared within 3 days

Thai Airways International plans to move 3,000 passengers stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport by the India-Pakistan border clash to their destinations within three days.

All Thai Airways International flights between Thailand and Europe were cancelled on Wednesday night and early Thursday after Pakistan closed its airspace.

Thera Buasri, director of ground operations control, said on Friday about 4,000 THAI passengers had been affected.

About 3,000 passengers remained stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport. Arrangement were being made to get them all to their intended destinations within three days.

Currently, all THAI flights to Europe were full, he said.

Flights which normally passed through Pakistan airspace to Europe had since been rerouted through Chinese airspace and Russian airspace, Mr Theera said.

Suvarnabhumi airport director Suthirawat Suwannawat said the passenger terminals were crowded with stranded passengers wanting to leave. The closure of the airspace had affected 16 inbound flights and 20 outbound flights.

The airport was working closely with the Immigration Bureau and the Airports of Thailand (AoT) to help the delayed travellers. Temporary shelter was being arranged. Some 800 passengers had been accommodated at hotels, Wng Cdr Suthirawat said.

Pakistan aviation authorities have announced the country's skies will reopen to commercial traffic at midnight Thursday (2am Friday Bangkok).

The closure followed clashes between the two nuclear-armed neighbours over the border in Kashmir. Both sides claimed to have shot down warplanes from the other side. 

India also suspended flights through some of its northern airports on Wednesday. Those facilities were back to normal on Thursday, but flights both to the US and Europe out of New Delhi were affected.

Transport Ministter Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Friday he had instructed THAI to urgently solve the problem,  take care of the stranded passengers and keep them abreast of the situation.

THAI’s director for aviation safety Pratthana Pattanasiri said the national flag carrier had provided meals and beverages around the clock for passengers waiting for check-in. Accommodation had also been arranged.

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