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Number of passengers, flights at airports in provinces drop

By The Nation

 

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(File Photo) Tourists at Chiang Mai International Airport. Photo by: The Nation

 

The number of flights and passengers at 28 airports under the Airports Department decreased by one per cent over the same period last year, the department chief said on Wednesday.

 

Ampawan Wannako, director general of the Airports Department, said some 14.4 million passengers were recorded at the 28 airports under the department during the first nine months of the 2019 fiscal year or from October 2018 to June 2019, adding that this represented a one-per-cent- drop compared to the first nine months of the 2018 fiscal year.

 

She said about 115,000 flights used the 28 airports between October 2018 to June 2019, a drop of one per cent.

 

The decrease was mainly caused by the cancellations of in-country flights by several domestic airlines.

 

Ampawan said her department was seeking to add flights to foreign cities from the 28 airports to compensate for the drop in the domestic flights.

 

On July 10, the low-cost airline T’way Air from South Korea launched a new route from Seoul to Krabi with seven flights per week.

 

In October, Blue Panorama Airlines, a low-cost airline from Italy, will launch a Warsaw-Krabi route with one flight per week, Ampawan said, adding three more European airlines are interested in introducing flights to Krabi and Surat Thani.

 

She expected that the number of passengers using the 28 airports would not grow much during the last three months of the 2019 fiscal year.

 

The anticipated number of passengers in July was 1.54 million, in Augus 1.52 million and in September at 1.37 million. The number of passengers is expected to grow by 0.69 per cent in July and by 0.47 per cent in August but fall by 0.10 per cent in September.

 

Her department estimates that that number of passengers using the 28 airports would stand about 18.82 per cent at the end of September, a 1.33 per cent fall compared to the 2018 fiscal year.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30373168

 

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8 minutes ago, KhunKenAP said:

Not sure how many expats are no longer travelling as much due to the TM30 requirements. TAT should, or someone needs to look at the numbers. It may be a good wakeup call.

LOL they won't give a crap nor will they do anything.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Number of passengers, flights at airports in provinces drop

not according to TAT.... whom to believe

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"The decrease was mainly caused by the cancellations of in-country flights by several domestic airlines."

 

What I want to see is the number of overnight foreign visitors. And an explanation for any year-on-year change in those numbers.

 

The explanation given above implies that the number of Thai people traveling within the country has dropped off and the cause - flight cancellations - would be things like mechanical failure of the aircraft or pilot sickness. No. Ridiculous.

 

Anecdotal evidence suggests the fall in numbers is a great deal more serious than this 1% and even the TAT have said 30%, which is dramatic.

 

 maybe in time will flights have dropped by 1% but this is not the interesting thing to report. It is the 30% that is interesting.

 

The fall off in numbers has many explanatory factors, but the basic cause is a lack of interest in Thailand.

 

The cause of these woes is not because flights are cancelled! Flights are cancelled because no one wants them.

 

So what I would like to know about, and this is why I read the article, is measures of overseas visitors  and changes to GDP that result.

 

Then, it would be interesting have some explanations for these changes. And thirdly, what actions are being taken to correct this state of affairs.

 

On the same day that this article was published, there was another article in which Pompeo talks of his satisfaction that Thailand can fulfill a regional leadership role.

 

And there is another article in which Prayut.m asks those connected with the tourist industry to improve their behavior less the country suffer further reputational damage and loss of tourist income.

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5 hours ago, KhunKenAP said:

Not sure how many expats are no longer travelling as much due to the TM30 requirements. TAT should, or someone needs to look at the numbers. It may be a good wakeup call.

I for one have stopped travelling because of it. I used to travel every couple of months but fed up with all the BS regs in this paranoid place

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6 hours ago, KhunKenAP said:

Not sure how many expats are no longer travelling as much due to the TM30 requirements. TAT should, or someone needs to look at the numbers. It may be a good wakeup call.

The only time there will ever be a wake up call of any kind is if the top brasses income stream drops, and that's hardly likely.

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11 hours ago, LazySlipper said:

 

and the cancellations were due to a decrease in the number of tourists arriving...

 Good news at last ..

 

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On 7/18/2019 at 5:41 AM, SteveK said:

LOL they won't give a crap nor will they do anything.

Except maybe increase prices to 'compensate' for the reduced income.

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When are they going to understand that the internet is only a click away, as is the information good or bad about the happenings and dictates in any country.

The racism and regulatory controls forced without consideration by the previous government and perpetuated by the current one on expats and tourists alike has reverberated around the world and left a bad taste with everyone.

Expats contribute serious amounts of money into the economy and feel strongly about caring for the country they call home and all they get in return is the constant knowledge that they have to exhibit themselves at regular interval to be demeaned by some low intel individual who has little or no grasp of the correct interpretation of these overwhelming regulations., and as a result they are very aware that entry or visa furtherance could be be refused without reason.

 

Yes we all know that SOME people who live here are fugitives from justice and they must be curtailed but it is not beyond the controllers here to realise who is a genuine expat and those who are not, but instead they blanket everybody with the same cloth.

 

The result of all of this is that the people that this country needs are packing up and leaving, taking there money and good deeds with them.

 

One simple border hop can get them a new life with upto a 5 year visa and a one year report, with no 90 day hoop jumping, large amounts of money festering in a bank account that they can not touch for 6 months and evidence almost unattainable of 65,000baht each month. A requirement that is now extremely difficult for most because of a stupidly strong baht and totally crap exchange rates.

 

A Thai pensioner has to live on 500baht per month but the expat has to have 65,000. WHY??

 

This information is one click away and expats, tourists, and speculative expats are reading about this racism and questioning why they would want to visit or live in a country that cares nothing about them and treats them so badly.

 

This government needs to take a serious look within itself to discover why tourism is falling and expats are leaving and it needs to do it now, tomorrow really will be too late.

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