Thai Airways about to drop a few routes : “call the minister first”


The Transport Ministry, Civil Aviation Department and Thai Airways International have agreed that the national carrier will stop operating two loss-making routes, following a decline in passenger numbers.

Yesterday’s meeting between the three parties concluded that THAI would stop flying the Bangkok-Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son routes, said Chaisak Angsuwan, deputy permanent secretary of the ministry. […]

Chaisak added that the country had suffered from the sagging global economy and the recent closure of Bangkok’s main airports.

He said THAI might also have to adjust some international routes, given reports of declining tourist numbers from China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea – the main overseas customer bases of the airline. (Nation)

The thai state is the main shareholder of Thai Airways. And this is the curse of the “national” carrier.

I mean, who is Chaisak ? A vague civil servant, obeying to a vague politician. The politician will think first about his own interests (“let’s keep this route, my cousin’s sister needs it to fly back home every week end”) not about the real business interests of the company.

How on earth (or should I say sky) this guy can know better what is good or bad for the airline ?

Thai Airways is already in a difficult position. The crisis is going to be severe and will be like a photographic developer . The times of illusions are gone…

It’s likely that the thai state will be a ball and chain for the company.

2 Responses to “Thai Airways about to drop a few routes : “call the minister first””


  1. 1 fall 18 December 2008 at 2:20 pm

    …reports of declining tourist numbers from China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea – the main overseas customer bases of the airline.
    Tasty.

  2. 2 Marvo 18 December 2008 at 9:23 pm

    “…given reports of declining tourist numbers from China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea…”

    I like that use of the word “reports”. [THAI] are in a better position than ANYONE to KNOW EXACTLY the numbers flying in and out of Thailand.


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