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FRIDAY, December 02, 2022
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Thailand to get 2.3m foreign arrivals per month until March: Official Airlines Guide

Thailand to get 2.3m foreign arrivals per month until March: Official Airlines Guide

FRIDAY, October 28, 2022

Thailand can expect an average of 2.3 million foreign arrivals per month until March next year, according to the winter flight schedule posted by the Official Airlines Guide (OAG).

The OAG estimates Thailand will see 573,538 international visitors per week over the winter schedule (October 2022-March 2023).

It forecasts that most international passengers landing in Thailand this winter will be from Southeast Asia (211,744 passengers per week), followed by Northeast Asia (175,588 per week), South Asia (66,877 per week), Europe (56,354 per week), and the Middle East (44,990 per week).

OAG’s passenger estimate for the winter season is 74.2 per cent higher than figures for summer, which saw a weekly average of 329,288 arrivals, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said on Thursday.

TAT also expects more visitors from distant markets to land in Thailand thanks to new routes, notably Air Austral’s Reunion Island-Bangkok service, which expects to carry around 280 passengers per flight twice a week.

Reunion Island is a French territory in the Indian Ocean with over 800,000 people comprising mainly high-worth seniors and families, said Yuthasak.

Meanwhile, Oman Air will increase its Paris-Muscat-Bangkok service to five flights per week from December 20. Air France will increase flights on its Paris-Bangkok route to five per week from November and then to seven per week from January.

Yuthasak said TAT is in talks with Air Belgium to open a Brussels-Bangkok route next summer. Thai Airways International scrapped its direct service from Belgium to Thailand last month.

Meanwhile, Airports of Thailand (AOT) estimates that traffic at its six international airports will return to 74 per cent of pre-Covid levels in fiscal year 2023 (October 2022-September 2023), with about 665,000 flights. An estimated 96 million passengers will use its Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai airports, or 68 per cent of the pre-Covid tally.

Santisuk Klongchaiya, chief executive officer at Thai AirAsia, said the carrier expects domestic flights this year to return to near pre-covid levels. The airline has witnessed increased bookings from international passengers in Asean countries, India, Japan and Bangladesh after travel restrictions were lifted and it opened routes to Fukuoka and Dhaka.

Thai AirAsia hopes to secure its highest turnover in three years by the end of 2022, said the CEO.

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