BANGKOK, 23 June 2021: As the Thai government confirms the country will embark on a reopening phase beginning with a pilot “Sandbox project” in Phuket 1 July, airlines are planning to increase domestic flights.
In a press statement released Tuesday, AirAsia says it is
“set to paint the skies red again in support of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox
programme that is also seen as the first step in welcoming international
visitors to Thailand.
Caption 1 Krid Pattanasan
AirAsia Thailand head of government relations and
secretary-general of the Airlines Association of Thailand Krid Pattanasan said:
“Domestic travel will be the first to restart with the reopening of Phuket from
1 July 2021. Thai and foreign travellers who have been fully vaccinated against
Covid-19 will be able to enter Phuket under strict government guidelines.
“This initiative will soon be extended to other
destinations including Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya and Hua Hin.
AirAsia has been rigorously preparing for this much-awaited programme, and its
staff are ready to welcome and facilitate guests, including by getting
themselves vaccinated to ensure the safety, wellbeing and peace of mind for all
By the end of June, over 80% of AirAsia’s staff will be
fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The programme started with those who have
direct contact with guests such as ground staff, cabin crew and pilots, but it
is extending to those working as baggage handlers, technical crew and
engineering staff are also ensured to receive the vaccine.
In preparation to take to the skies again, AirAsia has lined
up various attractive promotions to further stimulate travel. These promos will
commence as soon as the government provides the green light for mass air travel
to kick off.
Caption 2 Lunchakorn
Senior Cabin Crew Lunchakorn Saengsiri, as frontline staff
in direct contact with guests, said receiving a full vaccination has provided
great confidence when interacting with his co-workers, his family and AirAsia
He noted that despite the low frequency of flights
currently, he and his colleagues have been maintaining safety and hygiene
standards for every flight. Close
contact with passengers has been reduced to the minimum in accordance with
state regulations, while the consumption of food and sale of goods in-flight
has been completely restricted.
Caption 3 Tapachcha
For Senior Cabin Crew Tapachcha Khanpimool, most people have been adapting to the situation, and she expressed the belief that once vaccinations become widespread, air travel will quickly return especially the much anticipated domestic travel.
“We are very excited to return to flying and have ensured
that we are fully ready by protecting ourselves and staying up to date on the
latest information so that we can provide
the best possible service to our guests.”
Meanwhile, Ramp Agent Noppalit Budrath shared that despite
everyone in his department having been fully vaccinated, it is crucial that the
highest safety and hygiene measures continue to be observed. He said this is
especially true as in the course of his duties delivering aircraft for service
and to be present during landing and take-off, he would frequently come into
contact with passengers.
Caption 4 Noppalit
AirAsia intends to increase its domestic service by 20 to
30% compared to the same period in 2020 and before the latest COVID-19 wave.
It will fly Don Mueang-Phuket three times daily and
Suvarnabhumi-Phuket once daily every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.