Thai Airways’ load factor down to 70%

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Thai-Airways-EconomyThai Airways said on January 24 the passenger load factor in the first quarter of 2014 will be down to 70 per cent, from 74 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, because political woes have affected the tourism sector. The political turmoil in Thailand collides with the important holiday period between December and March.

The slower growth forecast was also attributed to the country’s weak economic outlook, the carrier’s acting president Chokchai Panyayong told reporters.

The airline, however, aims for cabin factor at 76 per cent in 2014. Thai Airways, whose president resigned for health reasons earlier in January, posted a heavy net loss for the second consecutive quarter, hit by a lower passenger yield, fierce competition and foreign exchange losses.

Thai Airways operates 97 planes. In 2013, it flew 21.5 million passengers.

The airline has also reassured passengers that Thailand remains “a safe tourism destination”.

“Thai Airways wishes to reassure all passengers travelling to Bangkok that Thailand’s capital remains a safe place to travel. Our advice would be to avoid any areas where protests are taking place. Thai is still operating a normal service throughout the demonstrations but we do suggest to all passengers to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time,” the carrier said in a statement.

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Thai Airways said on January 24 the passenger load factor in the first quarter of 2014 will be down to 70 per cent, from 74 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, because political woes have affected the tourism sector. The political turmoil in Thailand collides with the important holiday period between December and March.

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Thai-Airways-EconomyThai Airways said on January 24 the passenger load factor in the first quarter of 2014 will be down to 70 per cent, from 74 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, because political woes have affected the tourism sector. The political turmoil in Thailand collides with the important holiday period between December and March.

The slower growth forecast was also attributed to the country’s weak economic outlook, the carrier’s acting president Chokchai Panyayong told reporters.

The airline, however, aims for cabin factor at 76 per cent in 2014. Thai Airways, whose president resigned for health reasons earlier in January, posted a heavy net loss for the second consecutive quarter, hit by a lower passenger yield, fierce competition and foreign exchange losses.

Thai Airways operates 97 planes. In 2013, it flew 21.5 million passengers.

The airline has also reassured passengers that Thailand remains “a safe tourism destination”.

“Thai Airways wishes to reassure all passengers travelling to Bangkok that Thailand’s capital remains a safe place to travel. Our advice would be to avoid any areas where protests are taking place. Thai is still operating a normal service throughout the demonstrations but we do suggest to all passengers to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time,” the carrier said in a statement.

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