The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced that as of Monday international passengers will be allowed to transit to Thailand.
The authority has agreed to the easing of some restrictions on domestic flights
As we all know, international passengers have been banned from travelling for some time ar Thai airports as part of the government’s Covid-19 containment measures, said Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.
He also stated that this change in the transit/transfer policy had been made after calls by the airlines for Covid-19 relief measures.
The CAAT’s decision to allow airlines to transit Thai airports is in line with a resolution reached by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) last Monday to relax a range of Covid-19 control measures, Mr Saksayam said.
Operators of domestic flights have been told that they can continue serving in-flight meals and drink along with selling souvenirs from Thursday onwards.
With all this said, flight attendants and passengers have to still follow the Covid-19 protocols. These will include wearing face masks throughout the flight, except when eating and drinking
From December 30, in-flight meals, drinks and selling of souvenirs had been banned as part of the government’s efforts to respond to the Covid-19 situation at the time under its “fourth announcement”.
It was cancelled when the fifth announcement was issued and signed by CAAT director-general Suttipong Kongpool.
On Friday the government had reported 45 new Covid cases which included 37 local infections and eight imported — raising the total to 25,809.
This is the first time since February 20 that the daily new cases in Thailand has been at double digits following the surge that was sparked in Samut Sakhon in mid-December.
Samut Sakhon provincial authorities have recently been reporting effective disease-control measures in high-risk areas, including the Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of the new wave, which has been closed for over two months.
Although the CCSA still has to make a final decision, some officials feel that the market could well be reopened by Monday
Deputy governor Teerapat Kutchamath visited the market and insisted it was ready to reopen on Monday. Plans are already in place for merit-making to take place tomorrow, ahead of the anticipated reopening.
On Friday The Department of Disease Control had reported that 32 cases had been confirmed at different hospitals five through proactive testing in communities.
The eight imported cases were from quarantine arrivals and these included Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK (a Thai schoolgirl aged six), France (2), Kuwait, Netherlands. and Germany
Statistics show that of the 25,809 total cases, 24,952 (96.6%) have recovered and 774 remain in hospital.