Thai Airways International will operate to and from Bangkok to/from Liège airport (Belgium) with new schedule as follow due to still unable to operate THAI flights into Brussels Zaventem Airport in Belgium following the airport explosions of 22 March.
Thai Airways International indicates to continue flying the route Bangkok-Brussels and return. However, the carrier will fly direct to Liège instead of Brussels on April 5 and 7, a situation which could last for a few days as the carrier is still unable to operate its normal flights to Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital. As Brussels Airport is slowly reopening to regular passengers’ traffic, the air terminal will however only provide 20% of its capacity prior to the bombing.
Liège airport (LGG) is a regional airport located in South of Belgium, located approximately 1 hour by train or car from Brussels. Its air terminal can welcome in normal time up to 1.5 million passengers but various temporary structures -installed in the last few days- are helping to cope with the surge in traffic. “We need to see which flights will be prioritized to go back to Brussels. We could then expect to still accommodate some of Brussels passengers traffic for a couple of months”, says Christian Delcourt, Communication Manager at Liège Airport.
For passengers already booked to Brussels, Thai Airways will automatically rebook them into the Liège service with new schedule. Original tickets will then be accepted accordingly at check-in in Bangkok or Liège. In case passengers have been already rebooked into another airport (e.g. Paris or Frankfurt), they will need to contact their travel agent or THAI office in case they prefer flying directly to Liège, subject to seats available. Travel towards Liège can only occur with a confirmed booking from and to the city.
Thai Airways International or travel agents will also take care of rebooking connections as the arrivals time in Bangkok is now later than the original Brussels timing. However, passengers must bear the cost of their further connection to Brussels or beyond as the flight is now registered as an official Bangkok-Liège frequency. For check-in Liège-Bangkok, passengers have to arrive at check-in counters minimum 3.5 hours before departure.
Concerning flights TG934/TG935 Bangkok-Brussels-Bangkok as from 9 April16 onwards, further updates will be provided soonest. It is likely that Brussels Airlines and its partners of Star Alliance -to which TG belongs- will have priority as the airport comes back step by step to the normal.