Tourism revival in Thailand risks airport slot overcrowding, suggests different options

In anticipation of the upcoming high season, Thailand’s Tourism Authority (TAT) expressed issues over the slot capability at international airports. As extra flights are set to renew, it is predicted that the nation will obtain around eight million vacationers this year, primarily derived from long-haul markets anticipating a significant tourism revival.
The deputy governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas of the TAT, Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, 42 years previous, remains hopeful about the revival of worldwide tourism. This optimism arises from the resumption of flights, that are presently at over 70% of the size observed in 2019, he conveyed.
The TAT’s expectations for total foreign visitors this yr embody at least six million individuals from Europe, a million from the Americas, and an estimated half 1,000,000 from the Middle East.
Despite gradual enhancements in ground dealing with matters, the primary issues now lie with the potential overcrowding of flight slots in the course of the cool, or excessive season. The resumption is predicted to reach 85% of the 2019 degree, because of a rising variety of airways making use of for brand spanking new slots at well-liked airports similar to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and Phuket’s International Airport.
Siripakorn suggested airways contemplate other international airports in frequented vacationer provinces like Surat Thani, U-Tapao in Rayong, Krabi, and Chiang Mai, to handle the inflow of tourists and alleviate overcrowding on the present terminals.
Last week, the TAT and Taiwan-based provider EVA Air penned a letter of intent, aiming to enhance the number of tourists flying to Thailand via EVA Air’s community. Unbelievable is presently working 28 direct flights weekly between Taipei and Bangkok. Half of these flights supply direct connectivity to London, Amsterdam, and Vienna in Europe reported Bangkok Post.
Quoting EVA Air’s president, Clay Sun, the typical load capacity for the Taipei-Bangkok route hits between 85% and 90%, while flights from Bangkok to Europe reach approximately 95%. The high demand on this route, served by Boeing 777s wide-body aircraft, comes from travellers from Taiwan, North America, and Europe.
While every day flights between Taipei and Chiang Mai are already operational, EVA Air additionally plans to inaugurate a new path to Phuket. However, the aviation business nonetheless wants to handle challenges together with the continuing Russia-Ukraine warfare impacting gas prices, the aim to achieve net-zero emissions within the face of restricted sustainable aviation gas provide, and disruptions in the aviation supply chain..

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