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6 Mar, 2014

Thai Airways slashes outbound fares, as price-led recovery strategy sets in across “Travel Trinity”

Bangkok – Thai Airways International (THAI) is offering special “EARLY BIRD” promotion for customers to take advantage of roundtrip international fares on THAI and THAI Smile flights in Economy Class.

The move indicates the start of a price-led strategy to get the outbound market moving following the winding down of the “Bangkok Shutdown” political protest. It also completes the “Travel Trinity” of inbound, domestic and outbound sectors, all of which are now embarked upon a huge bonanza of price-cuts to get business moving again in time for the upcoming low season (for inbound) and high season (for domestic and outbound).

Outbound travel from Thailand has slowed in the last few years. Figures just from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport alone show that the number of outbound trips by Thai citizens have risen only marginally from 2.99 million in 2011 to 3.19 million in 2013. Interestingly, the number of outbound trips went up during the political unrest period, from 207,076 in January to 224,309 in February.

Both legacy and low-cost airlines are slashing fares across inbound, domestic and outbound sectors to get business moving again. Thai Airways is now the latest to join the bandwagon.

Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Vice President, Sales & Distribution, Thailand and Indochina, said THAI is offering the “EARLY BIRD” special international roundtrip air fares in Economy Class on THAI and THAI Smile flights. Passengers can make reservations and issue tickets during 12 – 20 March 2014 and may begin travel during 13 May – 30 September 2014. Details are as follows:

THAI Flights

Route Roundtrip Starting Price
Bangkok – Hong Kong – Bangkok THB 10,500
Bangkok ( TG676/642) – Narita – Bangkok THB 22,400
Bangkok ( TG626) – Osaka  – Bangkok THB 22,400
Bangkok ( TG646) – Nagoya  – Bangkok THB 22,300
Bangkok – Fukuoka – Bangkok THB 19,000
Bangkok ( TG660) – Haneda  – Bangkok THB 22,200
Bangkok – Sapporo – Bangkok THB 23,500
Bangkok – Seoul / Busan – Bangkok THB 18,000
Bangkok – Yangon  – Bangkok THB 8,500
Bangkok –  Ho Chi Minh City  / Hanoi – Bangkok THB 7,400
Bangkok – Phnom Penh / Vientiane – Bangkok THB 8,600
Bangkok – Mumbai / Delhi – Bangkok THB 16,600
Bangkok – Sydney / Melbourne – Bangkok THB 25,700
Bangkok – Perth – Bangkok THB 22,300
Bangkok –  London – Bangkok THB 44,200
Bangkok – Paris / Frankfurt – Bangkok THB 40,900


THAI Smile Flights

Route Roundtrip Starting Price
Bangkok – Mandalay – Bangkok THB 7,000
Bangkok – Colombo – Bangkok THB 12,100


Conditions for “EARLY BIRD” special airfare tickets include: roundtrip to international destinations on flights operated by THAI and THAI Smile; tickets are valid for 14 days after issuance; tickets are inclusive of airport tax and all surcharges (taxes and surcharges may vary based on the foreign currency exchange rate on the date of ticket issuance); limited number of special airfare tickets per flight; and mileage may be accrued according to the Royal Orchid Plus policy.