Panic in the thai sky : low cost airlines cut routes

Three low-cost airlines – Nok Air, One-Two-Go and Thai AirAsia – have cut and rescheduled flights in response to record-high jet fuel prices.

Effective yesterday, Nok Air cut
three domestic routes – Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani and Bangkok-Krabi. It is also considering reducing its 21 flights a week to Phuket.

Affected travellers are being transferred to Thai Airways International and Thai AirAsia.

The domestic route changes followed the cancellation of its international Bangkok-Bangalore and Bangkok-Hanoi flights.

“We’re losing money,” an airline representative said, who declined to confirm if losses were as high as Bt1 billion as had been reported. The reports have fuelled expectations that the airline would be shut down soon.

Meanwhile, One-Two-Go has cut the number of Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Phuket flights from 28 per week to 21, starting yesterday. The flight frequency to Hat Yai has also been cut by half to seven, while those to Chiang Rai and Nakhon Si Thammarat are down from seven to two flights per week. The daily flight to Surat Thani is to continue.

Thai AirAsia has cancelled the weekly flight to Xiamen, China, due to lack of passengers. (Nation)

Hum… Nok Air suffers a lot. The route Bangkok-Hanoi was opened… just last november ! And Thai Airways is not in a good position (read here and here).

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