6 airlines agree to waive rescheduling fees for travelers under gov’t rebate program

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Photo: Anna Zvereva / Flickr

Travelers under the domestic travel subsidy program may ask for changes in their flight bookings.

With more than 2,400 people diagnosed with COVID-19 amid a fresh outbreak of the disease, which has spread to 47 provinces including the capital, six airlines say they are allowing travellers to re-route destinations, get refunds in the form of airline credit, or reschedule flights for free for those who travel under the government’s domestic travel subsidy program, COVID-19 task force spokesman Taweesilp Wisanuyothin said today. 

The six airlines are Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Vietjet Air, Thai Lion air, and Thai AirAsia. Further terms and conditions will be announced by each airline.

The spokesman said travelers are advised to contact airlines at least 24 hours before boarding time as only a few of them allow flight modifications four hours prior to boarding.

Under the government’s travel subsidy program, Thais 20 and up can apply for a rebate worth up to THB3,000 (US$100) for domestic flights to selected destinations.

Last week, health officials also allowed participants in the travel subsidy program to make changes to hotel bookings amid the fresh outbreak.   

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand today also announced a food and beverage ban during domestic flights, which will be in effect tomorrow, except in cases of emergency.

Health officials announced 250 new cases today, bringing Thailand’s total cases to 6,690 since the outbreak began in January.


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