SIA and Cathy Pacific plan Thai ‘rescue’ flights

Singapore Airlines and Cathy Pacific are planning to operate some flights between U-Tapao and either Singapore or Hong Kong this weekend. U-Tapao is located approximately 200 kilometres from Bangkok.

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will operate flights on Friday and Saturday to help passengers and crew left stranded. More flights may be mounted over the weekend if there is still a need.

The first Cathay Pacific flight leaves Hong Kong 28th November at 10:00 and will fly to pick up passengers from Utapao. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Priority for the first flight back to Hong Kong which departs Utapao at 14:00 local time, will be given to the airline’s operating crew and staff, and holders of Cathay Pacific tickets from Bangkok to Hong Kong. There will be no additional charge for those holding valid Cathay Pacific tickets.

The flight will also accept non-Cathay Pacific ticketholders if space is available, though they will be required to pay for their ticket. The cost is HK$1,100, THB 5,000 or US$143 for the one-way journey. Due to the limited facilities at Utapao Airport, the payment can be made in cash only.


The second flight will operate on Saturday, 29 November. It leaves Hong Kong at 08:00 and departs Utapao at 12-noon. The flight will also be operated by a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Two Singapore Airlines flights are planned to operate on Saturday and a further two on Sunday, using Boeing 777 aircraft. Flights are planned to depart U-Tapao at 14:00 and 19:00 local time. More flights may be operated next week depending on demand.