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Reports from Thai Airways International say that due to the spread of the Covid disease the national airline is obligated to announce the cancellation of international flights. In order to meet the traveling needs of decreasing passengers, the airline have announced cancelled flights to and from 12 countries, totalling 32 flights. Singapore, 4 flights, TG and TG
While airlines adjust their schedules regularly, traditionally most airlines will make the most network changes twice yearly, usually commencing in late October and late March or April. They will usually announce these changes a few months in advance to accommodate affected passengers and promote new and increased routes.
For those airlines based in the northern hemisphere, they will often schedule service reductions during the quieter northern winter months i.
October to Marchwhen there is less leisure demand, and they can also perform aircraft maintenance during this time. Then for the busier northern summer period, they may announce service increases or seasonal routes to commence from March or April onwards, to match demand.
Thai Airways has just announced some ificant adjustments to their Australian flights. Thai Airways is an airline infamous for making seemingly irrational network decisions without warning, which they often then change their mind about, just as randomly.
I have written before about my adventures when Thai Airways decided to eliminate first class from Sydney downgrading my first class redemption in the processand then changed their mind. We had the first class cabin to ourselves on the Sydney to Bangkok flight, which was wonderful, but it was a stressful experience! Thai Airways has announced that several Australian services will be reduced from October 28, There is currently a double daily service between Melbourne and Bangkok using a two class Airbus A aircraft.
Thai currently operates 11 services a week to Sydney. Thailand and Asia does remain a popular destination for Australians holidaying over the Christmas and New Year break, however. I hope and trust these adjustments are only seasonal and the current full schedule returns for the northern summer next year.
Thai has not given a timeframe for the reductions, other than to say they are from October 28, Given routes are being reduced and not cancelled altogether, if you are booked on one of the flight s being cancelled, you should automatically be rebooked onto another Thai Airways flight on the same route either leaving the same day, or the day before or after.