Thai air carriers are coping with demand from Thai and foreign travellers who wish to pay a last homage to Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. They offer special promotional fares or a certain degree of flexibility for travellers wishing to reschedule or alter their flights.
National carrier Thai Airways International is implementing a rescheduling/rerouting fee waiver for the passengers who hold tickets in sector to/from Bangkok which is booked on/before 14 October 2016 for the travel date between 14 -31 October 2016. Passengers are allowed to change date of travel within ticket validity and/or extend travel date until 31 October 2016 without fee and surcharges. For rerouting or reissuing of tickets, passengers will only have to bear possible taxes or fare differences.
Bangkok Airways is offering a promotional fare of THB 890 (US$25) for passengers on all domestic and international routes that travel to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) in order to accommodate passengers residing in other provinces or in other countries who wish to come to pay respect to the late King .
Reservations can be made only at Bangkok Airways ticket offices or by Call Center 1771, starting today until 26 November 2016 and valid for travel between 18 October – 2 December 2016.
The special fare applies to domestic routes departing from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trat, Samui, Phuket and Krabi. It also applies to international travel from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Dhaka, Mumbai, Danang and the Maldives. The fare does not include eventual airport taxes and fuel surcharge.
Nok Air offers flights starting from THB890 for all its 23 domestic destinations without distinction (one-way, including taxes) while flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon start from THB1,290 (one way, including taxes). Booking must be done before November 14 while trips can be completed before the end of September 2017.
Thai AirAsia also introduces special fares but only on its Facebook page, while Thai Lionair did not, to date, match the competition following the passing of the King.