Bangkok Airways joins the growing list of airlines that have had to pare their network due to the continuing global financial crisis, which has seen travellers put business trips and holidays on hold. The airline announced last night that it will suspend flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Xian, Guilin and Hiroshima by late October, 2009 “to accommodate itself to the market situation”.
On October 25, it will cease its daily Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City and twice-weekly Bangkok-Xian services. It will halt its twice-weekly Bangkok-Hiroshima service on October 27 and its four-times-weekly Bangkok-Guilin service on November 10.
Bangkok Airways utilises either an Airbus A319 or A320 aircraft on the four routes.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had earlier forecast
that full-year losses for the airline industry would reach about US$9
billion, creating an environment for airlines, both big and small like Bangkok Airways to take stock of current operations.
For more details, visit www.bangkokair
Margie T Logarta