Thai Airways states average forward bookings for Apr-2010 down
Thai Airways stated average forward bookings for Apr-2010 have totalled 40-50%, lower than the 50-60% in Apr-2009, following citizen protests in Bangkok this month (The Nation, 09-Apr-2010). Bookings have fallen from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, while European bookings are also down, but this is partly due to the start of the region’s low season. As a result, the carrier is promoting its other destinations. Thai AirAsia stated some passengers have requested changing their services to other destinations during the protests, but have not seen any cancellations. Thai Airways is now also working with luxury shopping malls in Bangkok to develop campaigns to encourage the return of customers to the Rajprasong area once citizen protests are finished.