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Aviation authority extends ban on flights by another 12 days

By THE NATION

 

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on Monday (April 6) decided to further extend the ban on passenger flights to the Kingdom from 00.01am of April 7 to 11.59pm of April 18.

 

CAAT had initially prohibited all aircraft from entering Thailand for three days, from April 4 to 6.

 

The move is to stem the Covid-19 contagion.

 

The order, signed by CAAT director-general Chula Sukamanop, exempts state or military aircraft from landing, emergency landings, technical landings without any passengers disembarking, humanitarian aid and medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo aircraft.

 

Passengers en route to Thailand prior to this announcement will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in Thailand.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385498

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-04-06

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15 minutes ago, samsensam said:

 

to be honest any thais abroad have had plenty of opportunity to return, i'm fairly sure loads of seats have been available on incoming flights over the past 2 - 3 weeks. and being thai they know how random and knee jerk reactionary their leaders can be.

A former student of mine studying in Oxford was advised to get on a plane and go immediately if that's what her plans were. She was on a plane and home with 60+ hours. That was about a week ago.

 

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Thailand extends ban on incoming passenger flights

 

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People are seen at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport as Thailand temporarily banned all passenger flights from landing in the country to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thailand, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has extended a ban on all passenger flights from landing in the country to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the country's aviation agency said on Monday.

 

The ban on incoming flights came into effect on Saturday morning and was originally set to run until the end of Monday, according to a previous order by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

 

The new order, which extended the ban for 12 more days until the end of April 18, came after the country reported 51 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Monday, raising the numbers to 2,220 cases and 26 fatalities.

 

The number of new cases was the lowest daily rise since March 20.

 

Monday also marked two weeks - the estimated incubation period for the new coronavirus - since Bangkok shut down shopping malls to limit the spread of the virus.

 

The majority of infected patients are in Bangkok, which is under an indefinite curfew.

 

Thailand has declared a state of emergency until the end of the month.

 

(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat, editing by Ed Osmond)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-04-07

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Do the Government need more time to construct or adapt places to safely and securely quarantine returning Thais? Perhaps the feedback from embassies and consulates have shown more people are wanting to come back than initially expected. Better safe than sorry.

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7 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

How about thinking like this:  Maybe, just maybe the departing flights are carrying goods that have been ordered and are a necessity for the receiving country, then the returning flight is loaded with items needed by Thailand, ie... your pharmaceutical medications, food to stock shelves, and other products needed by people who are here.  Flights of passengers coming into the country have been halted, but not all flights carrying mail, or commodities.... 

Ahhh, yes. Chinese goods. How could i forget. Probably every country in the world is recieving goods from china still.

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11 hours ago, rasmus5150 said:

I would be furious if I was a Thai national abroad, and being shunned out of my motherland like this.

It says repatriation flights exempted 

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