Thai Airways seeks to reassure passengers as state of emergency begins

Thai Airways seeks to reassure passengers as state of emergency begins

The Thai Government has confirmed it will impose a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and neighboring provinces as of today in response to protests and to cope with unrest.

However, Thai Airways has reassured passengers the country remains a safe tourism destination.

In a statement earlier Wit Kitchathorn, Thai Airways International general manager, UK & Ireland explained: “Thai Airways wishes to reassure all passengers travelling to Bangkok that Thailand’s capital remains a safe place to travel.

“Our advice would be to avoid any areas where protests are taking place.

“Thai is still operating a normal service throughout the demonstrations but we do suggest to all passengers to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time.”

The Thai government hopes the state of emergency will allow more flexibility to protect and govern its citizens in a bid to control the ongoing political unrest in the capital, the airline explained.

Passengers can keep updated throughout the protest by visiting Thai’s Facebook, Twitter, and website.

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has said Brits should take extra care and avoid all protests, political gatherings, demonstrations and marches while in Thailand.

A statement added: “An escalation in protest action in central Bangkok since January 13th is causing significant disruption to roads in affected areas, with knock-on effects across the city.

“The main protest sites are at the major intersections of Sala Daeng, Asoke, Ratchaprasong, Pathumwan, Victory Monument, Lat Phrao and at the government complex at Chaeng Watthana.

“Some protest sites are located close to shopping malls.

“There have been attacks involving weapons and explosives at protest sites and protest marches. Attacks have taken place during the daytime and at night.”

More from the FCO here.