Emirates has created controversy this week as they advertised the resumption of flights to/from Bangkok while even selling tickets on these services despite the continued entry ban.
The Royal Thai Consulate in Dubai has published a post on Facebook saying that “certain airlines” are advertising service to Thailand despite no commercial flights being allowed into Thailand until further notice and people should be careful when .
It has been a contentious points over the last few months that airlines have continued to sell tickets to destinations irrespective if the route is actually being flown or if passengers are allowed to board the flights.
You can find the announcement on the Emirates website here.
Emirates announces the resumption of passenger services to Bangkok with daily flights starting from 1 September.
The resumption of flights to Bangkok will expand Emirates’ current network to 78 cities in September, offering travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific convenient connections via Dubai to the popular Thai destination.
Flights between Dubai and Bangkok will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering seats in First, Business and Economy class. Starting from 1 September, flight EK384 will depart Dubai daily at 01:50 and arrive in Bangkok at 11:30, while the return flight, EK385, will depart Bangkok at 03:25, and arrive in Dubai at 06:35, from 2 September.
Customers can book flights on emirates.com or via travel agents. Travellers arriving into Bangkok are subject to requirements set by the Thai authorities and certain restrictions are in place. Travellers are urged to check the latest information or visit www.emirates.com/travelrestrictions for details before booking.
In addition, First and Business Class customers can enjoy Emirates’ Chauffeur Drive service on departure from Bangkok, in Dubai, and relax in Emirates’ Lounge facility at Dubai International Airport, with health and safety measures in place. …
Absolutely ridiculous and misleading. The flights were in fact available for purchase several days until the Thai Consulate in Dubai has posted the following message after which is disappeared for a while and is now back again on the website:
Emirates will definitely not transport any commercial passenger to Thailand on these flights no matter if a ticket for this connection has been purchased or not. There are regulations as mentioned in this notice and all inbound flights have to be designated by the responsible Consulate/Embassy.
If you search for the flight from Dubai to Bankok Emirates is in fact still selling these flights:
These flights will not be transporting any commercial passengers. Guaranteed. Those who book a flight to Bangkok will end up waiting a long long time to get their money back, in the meanwhile Emirates will be happy to avail themselves of a free small loan.
It’s definitely possible to book a flight out of Bangkok to a variety of destinations including to Dubai and onward to Europe etc:
These prices are extremely reasonable 370 Euro in Economy, 1200 Euro in Business and 2300 Euro in First are on the lower end of how much flights usually cost. I don’t expect these flights to be even close to full occupancy.
The Thai Embassy in Turkey has announced a similar message when Turkish Airlines started to suddenly advertise/sell tickets again. Many people blindly trust advertisements and think as long as the flights are being sold they can just hop on as it was common until March this year. That clearly isn’t the case and unless you want to part with your money for a long time do not buy any of these tickets.