Thai Airways has transported all its passengers, as well as Thai citizens originally booked on other carriers, who were stranded in Hong Kong as a result of the disruptions at the city’s airport this week caused by large-scale protests.
The passengers were flown out on 10 different flights:
Five flights from Bangkok-Hong Kong:
Flights TG600/628/606/638/602 on 14 August 2019.
(Carried a total of 1,420 passengers, including 1 infant.)
Five flights from Hong Kong-Bangkok:
Flights TG603/601/629/607/639 on 14 August 2019.
Carried a total of 1,380 passengers, including 6 infants.
On Tuesday, Thai said it was upsizing aircraft on its Hong Kong-Bangkok routes to rescue stranded passengers.
“It is anticipated that all flights from Bangkok-Hong Kong will operate normally today (15 August 2019),” the Thai flag carrier said in a statement.
The airline said that its station manager in Hong Kong reported to the company that “the situation at Hong Kong International Airport had improved while under court orders with strict security, entrance and exit restrictions that allow only those with authorised passes, and passengers holding airline tickets to enter the passenger terminal.”
Yesterday, the Airport Authority started restricting access to its terminals, allowing in only departure passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document, as well as airport staff with relevant identification documents.
Thai added: “Thai’s morning flight TG603 was able to according to the regular schedule, with departure from Hong Kong International Airport at 07.44 hours and arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 09.25 hours, 289 passengers were carried, all holding reservations, and without any passengers remaining.”