Singapore Airlines has made further cut on its Bangkok-Singapore flights to match lower travel demand depressed by political and social unrest in the Thai capital.
The airline will be cancelling 24 flights between Jan 23 and Feb 27, bringing to 43 the total number of cancelled flights on the route since Jan 14, when the first reduction took effect, to Feb 27.Its Thailand general manager Ong Cheow Teck confirmed on Tuesday the further flight reduction was made “in view of the current situation in Bangkok”.
The second round of reduction came as escalating political tensions, heightened by the start of Bangkok shutdown by anti-government movements last week, have shown more impacts on international arrivals to Thailand.
Early this month, the airline thought 19 flight cancellations on the Bangkok-Singapore route between Jan 14 and Feb 25 were enough.
The further cut has made it the international carrier which cancelled the most flights through Bangkok due to the ongoing the turmoil ahead of the Feb 2 nationwide election.According to sources familiar with the carrier’s operations, the further flight reduction came as travel demand by two major contributors to overall passengers on the route – Singaporeans and Chinese – have continued to dwindle, so much so that half the plane seats were empty.