Thai Airways has announced that it will operate three “special” repatriation flights to the UK in August to repatriate passengers while their international fleet remains grounded.
This offer popped up in a local Expat Facebook Group and indeed TG is starting to put their fleet up in the air to at least some good use although the motivating behind this might be twofold.
You can access the announcement and offer on Thai Airways website here.
Thai Airways are ready to take you straight to London with 3 special flights in August 2020.
Bangkok-London Ticket (One Way)
Business class 92,085 baht *
Economy class 25,295 baht *
(Price includes everything)
Reservation: From 21th July – 23 Aug 2020
Travel: 9, 16, and 23 August 2020
Reserve your seat: https://bit.ly/39gMYY7
For passengers who already have Bangkok-London routes or Travel voucher, reserve seats on the THAI Contact Center 02 356-1111
* Terms and conditions apply.
The one way price for Economy Class is US$800 and Business Class US$2920 are steeply above the usual market value on this route but lets remember that there is no more competition except the sporadic EVA Airways flights.
As such I think the Economy Class price is somewhat reasonable yet the Business Class won’t find any takers at this rate. That’s double than what Lufthansa asks for their Bangkok – Frankfurt on a daily basis.
Thai Airways has not loaded any prices for the return sector London-Bangkok despite many Thai citizens still being in the UK and seeking to return home.
These flights are according to the ticketing conditions not eligible for upgrades and Thai Airways also doesn’t make any mileage seats available for this flight. The flights do collect miles on various programs though.
I wonder if Thai Airways will allow those passengers whose flights back to London got cancelled in the past to use their ticket for a free rebooking to one of these flights or they’ll continue to show the middle finger to all those affected by previous cancellations.
The lack of direct flight options has served as a reason for many “stuck” in Thailand not to return home to the UK. I have a feeling that with the extension of the visa Amnesty for foreigners in Thailand until September (I will write more about that later in a separate article) the government wants the Brits out of the country and to rid them of any excuse has mandated Thai Airways to operate these three repatriation flights.
I wish their pricing was a little bit more “based” but it’s understandable that Thai Airways doesn’t expect these flights to be full while they’re going through the bankruptcy process. They could have at least allowed their ROP members to redeem miles for tickets and upgrades.