Thai Airways International is generally skilled to make volte-face, mostly under outside pressure. After announcing ten days ago to suspend “temporarily” from late October its Bangkok-Rome flight -served four times a week with an ageing Boeing 747-400-, the airline suddenly announced on Monday to postpone its decision to next February.
The carrier’s President Charamporn Jotikasthira, said that on 10 August 2015 the Company’s Board of Directors agreed to postpone the suspension of the Bangkok – Rome route from 26 October 2015 to 1 February 2016 in order to meet travel demands during high season in Rome, Italy. It might be an open secret that pressure was certainly exercise from the government and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The airline will indeed do joint promotion for round-trips for the route. Thai Airways also flies Bangkok-Milan with three weekly services served also in a Boieng 747-400.
Italy remains one of Thailand’s top markets out of Europe. In 2014, Italian travellers to Thailand reached an all-time high of 219,875. Italy represented in 2014 3.6% of all European arrivals and 5.25% of all arrivals from Western Europe.
During the first five months of 2015, Italian arrivals further grew by 8.7% to almost 100,000 visitors.