Thailand may reopen its doors to international flights


Senior officials said on Monday (June 8) that Thailand is preparing to reopen its airports to international flights. However, the country’s state of emergency may not be lifted by the end of June.

According to Chula Sukmanop, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, authorities will meet with local airlines next week to find out if they are ready to resume international services.

“At the moment, we haven’t yet decided whether we will extend the ban on incoming passenger flights as we are waiting for instructions from the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration [CCSA],” he said, referring to the flight ban order which is due to expire at the end of this month.

“We also have to see if other countries will open their skies. Things will become much clearer in the next week or two,” he said.

Many European countries have lifted the ban on flights within Europe, while many other countries plan to reopen their international flights on July 1.

An informed source said Thailand may start reopening its skies to countries that have been successful in controlling the spread of Covid-19, or may only allow some groups, such as businesspersons, to fly in.

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