Airlines Continue to Further Cut Capacities to Southeast Asia

ASEAN, Vietnam, Thailand, air transport, coronavirus

Travellers at Hanoi International Airport

Airlines continue to reduce capacities with Kuwait Airways announcing to suspend its flights to Thailand while Thai AirAsia X temporarily terminated flights to Korea until the coronavirus crisis is over.

Kuwait’s civil aviation authority announced on Monday it had suspended all its flights to and from Thailand, South Korea and Italy after reports of an outbreak of coronavirus in the countries. State news agency KUNA reported the announcement, saying this came in accordance with the Kuwaiti Health Ministry instructions.

The spiralling number of victims of the coronavirus in South Korea drove many air carriers to reduce or to suspend their flights to the country. Bamboo Airways in Vietnam announced to stop flying to Seoul from both Danang and Nha Trang from February 26 while Thai AirAsia X is also pulling out from Korea.

South Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet is also cancelling its two daily flights from Busan to both Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu while reducing to one daily frequency its route from Bangkok, Nha Trang and Danang to Seoul while also reducing progressively its service from Seoul to Kota Kinabalu. Asiana also cancelled its service from Seoul to Chiang Mai.

Vietnam national air carrier Vietnam Airlines did not suspend routes but is however cutting significantly the number of frequencies to a high number of destinations in Southeast Asia. The Danang-Bangkok route is reduced from 7 to 5 weekly services, the Bangkok-Hanoi and Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City routes are cut from 3 to 2 daily services while the Hanoi-Luang Prabang-Siem Reap is reduced from 5 to 3 weekly services; Hanoi-Singapore is reduced from 2 to 1 daily service, Ho Chi Minh City-Jakarta goes down from 7 to 5 weekly, Ho Chi Minh City-Phuket from 4 to 3 weekly, Ho Chi Minh City-Singapore is reduced from 3 to 2 daily services while Ho Chi Minh City-Yangon from 7 to 4 weekly services.