13-Apr-2010 9:54 AM

Thailand seeing travel cancellations due to political violence

Thai-Japan Tourism Association stated that all 100 charter services from China to Thailand for the Songkran Festival have been cancelled, while the Japanese Government has recommended its citizens not to travel to Thailan, in response to political violence (Bangkok Post, 12-Apr-2010). Thai Airways President, Piyasvasti Amranand, stated demand would likely be hurt in the short-term, with booking slowing since the protests commenced a week ago. As at 09-Apr-2010, 4,000 passengers had cancelled travel on the carrier.

China Airlines and EVA Air stated they would not charge processing fees if passengers want to change/refund tickets to Thailand (Taipei Times, 13-Apr-2010). China Airlines stated 290 passengers have asked for refunds since 09-Apr-2010. [more]