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a first step that could be considered timid. But a first step nonetheless. With the entry of the IATA winter schedules on October 31, Thai Airways International

is resuming its international flights from Bangkok. A fleet of 21 long-haul aircraft will be reactivated out of the 38 officially registered aircraft. Another 7 aircraft will be reinstated in the first quarter of 2022.

The carrier is expanding its European routes. We are still far from the extensive network offered by Thai Airways International before the pandemic. At that time, the carrier offered about ten daily flights to Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London LHR, Milan, Munich, Paris CDG, Stockholm and Zurich. There were also several weekly flights to Barcelona, Brussels, Oslo and Vienna.

The winter timetable, however, sees the airline return to Brussels, Milan, Munich, Stockholm and Zurich. The routes already operated to Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Paris-CDG will benefit from additional frequencies.

At Paris-CDG, the carrier will offer a service to Bangkok via Phuket every Wednesday and Friday. The aircraft will be a Boeing 787-8 taking off at 1.15pm for an arrival in Thailand at 6.45am (9.45am in Bangkok). On Sunday, Thai Airways International will offer a non-stop flight between Paris and Bangkok, taking off at 12:30 and landing in the Thai capital at 06:00. The aircraft will offer a two-class layout with 22 seats in business class and 234 seats in economy class.

To Brussels, the airline will return with two weekly flights. Every Thursday and Saturday, an Airbus A350 will connect the EU’s political capital to Bangkok non-stop. The flight will take off at 3.30 pm and arrive in Thailand at 8 am the next day. The A350-900 offers 32 seats in Royal Silk Class and 289 seats in Economy Class.

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Connections to Asia

Alternatively, there is a daily flight from Frankfurt with four weekly non-stop frequencies to Bangkok. From London Heathrow, Thai Airways International also offers one daily flight with four weekly non-stop flights to Bangkok. Finally, from Zurich, the airline offers three weekly flights to Bangkok, two of which are via Phuket.

In Bangkok, passengers will find some connections to Asia with daily flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo Narita. As well as 5 to 6 weekly flights to Jakarta, Manila and Osaka-Kansai.

Its subsidiary Thai Smile serves Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Rangoon with several weekly flights. Flights to Colombo, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Phnom Penh and Vientiane will be added on January 1.

In addition, the authorities have announced the postponement of the opening of the new satellite of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. Dedicated to Thai Airways International aircraft, the satellite will be able to accommodate 1

5 million additional passengers. It is now expected to enter service in October 2022.