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The main 3 cut price THAILAND DISCOUNT airlines are 

Orient Thai Airlines, Airasia  and Nok Airlines

with others: Bangkok Airlines; Phuket Air. 

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The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) officially returned Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to authorities on Wednesday morning, after its supporters occupied the compounds and halted their operations for a week.

(BangkokPost.com, AFP) - The PAD officially ended its anti-government protests at 10am Wednesday while many supporters were starting to pack up and leave both airports.
The group previously arranged activities to celebrate the Constitution Court's verdict to dissolve the People Power party (PPP) together with its two coalition partners, Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya, for election fraud.
The movement's co-founder, Chamlong Srimuang, hugged and shook hands with the chief of the airport authority at Suvarnabhumi before bowing down in front of a portrait of Thailand's much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
More than 350,000 travellers have been left stranded by the chaos.
Airports of Thailand chief Vudhibhandhu Vichairatana said the first international departure would be a Thai Airways flight to Rome on Thursday. At least two domestic flights were due to leave Suvarnabhumi on Wednesday.
"We will try and get everything back to normal as soon as possible," he told reporters at the airport.
Damage from the occupation of the gleaming three-billion-dollar airport since November 25 had not yet been estimated, he said. Suvarnabhumi opened with much fanfare in 2006 and last year handled 41 million passengers.

France, Spain, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka have all sent special flights to evacuate desperate citizens.
However, some security checkpoints set up by the PAD guards were still present around the compound.
A line of hundreds of protesters snaked through the departures area at the international airport as they got autographs from Chamlong and his PAD co-founder Sondhi Limthongkul.
Former ruling coalition members have vowed to form another government under a new banner after the toppling of Somchai, who was barred from politics for five years by the Constitutional Court in a vote fraud case.
Protesters accused Somchai's administration of acting as a proxy for exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006, and of being hostile to the monarchy.
PAD protests led to the coup which toppled Thaksin and the group took to the streets again in May this year.
"In the next two weeks I think we will come again," said protester Pas Apinantpreeda.

Analysts said the developments would bring a brief respite until the remnants of the government tried to name a new premier in parliament next week, but would not solve the kingdom's underlying problems.
Acting Prime Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul said parliament would likely vote on a new premier on Monday or Tuesday.
The crisis in Southeast Asia's second biggest economy has caused international concern, especially after Bangkok was forced to postpone an Asean summit that was due to be held in December.
The United States said Tuesday it hoped for a resolution of the crisis while Japan said Thailand should "establish a stable government as soon as possible to restore calm."

350,000 stranded in Bangkok Airports  

The top official at the tourism ministry said on Monday that 350,000 foreign visitors and Thai tourists are stranded inside Thailand by the airport closure, and the number is increasing daily."Around 350,000 passengers remain stranded in Thailand since the closing of the airports," said Sasithara Pichaichannarong, permanent secretary at the tourism ministry, in an interview with the AFP news agency.That figure includes Thais who were booked on flights out of the kingdom.
About 10,000 Thai nationals are estimated to be stuck abroad by the airport closures, an official from the foreign ministry said.
Earlier, Tourism and Sport Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said that the number of stranded foreign tourists in Thailand has reached 240,000.

The toll will continue to rise daily and exponentially, he said, as more tourists reach the end oif their holidays, with too few planes to take them out.Mr Weerasak held a press conference at the Bitec Exhibition Hall in Bang Na, which has been turned into a massive, confused check-in centre for foreigners trying to leave Thailadn.
Flights arrive and leave at U-Tapao air base, 150 kilometres to the east.
Some tourists are also flying out of provincial airports including Phuket and Chiang Mai. France, Spain and Australia have sent special flights to evacuate desperate citizens stuck in Thailand.
Passengers have been advised to check in at least seven hours before their flight time, to allow for the drive to U-Tapao.
The main Suvarnabhumi international airport has been shut since last Tuesday when protesters besieged it in their bid to topple the premier, and a day later they stormed the Don Mueang domestic airport.

She said that the tourism ministry would on Tuesday ask the cabinet to give them one billion baht ($28 million) to fund repatriation efforts for stranded foreigners, and to bring back the Thais stuck abroad.

"We have currently received only a 10-million-baht budget for this operation, which is certainly not sufficient," said Ms Sasithara/

The government has warned that the week-long siege of the airports will cost around one million jobs and about 50 per cent of the expected tourist arrivals. (with reports by AFP)Bangkok Post 2nd Dec 2008

 

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Some hints about airlines: Many cut price airline lease by wet or dry leases planes to carry their passengers. They cut corners wherever they can as this is the name of the game. Offer cheap fares in return you have an alternative to fly. However the pitfalls are many from Office staff not having good PR, to even no help if the plane is delayed!! and many other things. In Thailand the airlines are fined if 3 hours late? It is hard to check on an airline that offers cheap fares but look at the fine print and when you buy a ticket check refunds, changes, offers etc. Normally a lot of airfares will offer discount 1 way fares at very cheap prices. However they do not say about the surcharges, tax, fees added which can be more than the fare. Maintenance is also a worry as no frills may mean no regular maintenance of their planes as good as an airline does. We have a 1st Officer who flew for a local airline and he had to ground the airline due to bad tyres??The owner couldn't afford the maintenance. Some pilots are on lower salaries & not experienced than airline pilots?? again a factor fault. But tell us if you have a problem. RMEMBER IF THE PLANE IS LATE YOU ARE LATE NOK AIR is cutting its daily flights between Bangkok and Phuket from the end of July, along with services to three other destinations.About 20 Nok Air staff at the airport on Phuket are also going to lose their jobs as the aviation industry crisis, fuelled by rising oil costs, impacts on Thai travel nationwide.Inevitably, the cutbacks will affect tourism on Phuket and before long, investment on the island in property and resort construction.The message coming from the real estate industry on Phuket is that the outlook has never been more promising. This is a surefire indication that sales are slow and now is the time to set your own price. Full report at www.phuketwan.com:
http://phuketwan.com/article/tourism/nok-a...ghts-sack-staff

Nok offered to start a Club for frequent flyers & it took ages to get off the ground in fact about 3 months ago? Frequent flyers also asked them to look at offering the upgraded biz class seats to these people and said they would look into it. They never did anything? so we stopped flying them as Thai Airlines began offering the better service for the same price. Nok is also top heavy in staff and have no sense of PR to passengers and all their newsletter were in Thai language for the Nok Club. The planes they leased were also old 737s with foreign hostesses etc (must hire them as a wet lease pre condition )and these planes were old another reason we opted back to fly Thai.

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THAI board to decide future of Nok Air

Bangkok Post 26th June 2008
Thai Airways International will decide the future of its loss-ridden low-cost airline Nok Air today, but will not increase its holding, THAI president Apinan Sumanaseni said yesterday. At the same time, a Nok Air executive said the airline will not stop flying.Mr Apinan said the airline will be officially informed of today's decision at a Nok Air board meeting on July 4.

THAI has a 39% stake in Nok Air, which has been hard hit by rising fuel costs and falling traffic.

Some estimate the airline's losses at over one billion baht. However, Nok Air executive vice-president Sehapan Chumsai denied the accumulated loss is that high. The airline will keep flying, he said. Services and ticket sales will continue as normal.

He said Nok Air management had tried to adjust the airline's operations to cope with rising fuel prices, as had other airlines. Nok Air had suffered losses only during the last four to five months.

The airline would be able turn its business around eventually, he said.

                                 

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BANGKOK: 138/70 17th Floor, Jewellery Center Nares Road, Bangrak , Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel 662- 267-2999 Fax 662- 267-3216-17 Tickets & reservations 66-2-2673210-5   E-Mail  reservation@orient-thai.com

 

Thai Airways. (TG) 89 Vibhavdirangsit Rd. or 10900 485 Silom Rd. Bkk 10500. Ticket airport: 535-2846/7; cargo: 535-3150/1 reserv: 280-0060; 628-2000ticketing:234-3100/1 Fax(02) 513-0203
Phuket International Airport Office Phuket International Airport 2nd Floor Room DH227, Maikhaow Rd., Amphur Thaiarng, Phuket 83110 Tel 66-76-351238, 66-76-328620, 66-76-328621, 66-76-328623, 66-76-328624 Fax 66-76-328581 Tickets & reservations66-76-351238, 66-76-328620, 66-76-328621, 66-76-328623, 66-76-328624 E-Mail hkt_office@orient-thai.com Chiang Mai International Airport Office Chiang Mai International Airport 1th Floor Suthep Rd., Amphur Mueang, Chiang Mai 50100Tel 66-53-922197 Fax 66-53-904729Tickets & reservations66-53-904720-728E-Mail cnx_office@orient-thai.com CHECK IN AT COUNTER NO. 17-18
 

Chi Chiang Rai International Airport 404 Moo 10, Rimkok District, Bando Amphur Mueang, Chiang Rai 57100Tel66-53-793555 Fax66-53-793041 E-Mail cei_office@orient-thai.com

Hat Yai International Airport Office Hatyai Internation Airport 99 Village No.3, Sanambin Panij Rd., Klong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla 90115 Tel 66-74-240169 Fax 66-74-227286Tickets & reservations66-74-250911E-Mail hdy_office@orient-thai.com
UDON THANI AIRPORT OFFICEUdon Thani Internation Airport 1FL. Tumbun Nadee, Amphor Muang, Udon Thani, Thailand 41000 Tel 66-42-249 249 Fax 66-42-249 489 E-mail uth_office@orient-thai.com

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37/52 Montri Rd., Amphur Muang, Phuket  83000
 

PHUKET AIRLINES Co., Ltd. 1168/102 34th-B Fl. Lumpini Tower Bldg. Rama IV Road. Thungmahamek. Sathorn. Bangkok 10120. Thailand.
Tel. (662) 679-8999 (10 Line) Fax. (662) 679-8235-6 E-mail :
info@phuketairlines.com

Phuket Air, began to two destinations in the Southern provinces of Thailand namely Ranong and Phuket with Boeing 737-200. Since then, they have expanded route structure and will continue to extend sectors to cover more domestic and international destinations. Fleet includes additional jets as well as a new turbo-prop aircraft.

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