Plea for flight: Provincial governor urges reconsideration after Thai Smile route closure

Thai Smile’s determination to discontinue flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Surat Thani Airport, starting October 1, has led provincial governor, Witchawut Jinto, to enchantment for a reversal. Jinto submitted a proper letter to Thai Smile, an affiliate of Thai Airways, requesting the continuation of the Suvarnabhumi-Surat Thani route.
The governor expressed public discontent over Thai Smile’s plans, that are set to take impact on the primary day of the excessive season.
“It’s disheartening that Thai Smile will stop flights between Suvarnabhumi and Surat Thani as it is a extremely popular route.” He went on to focus on the route’s popularity amongst vacationers visiting the neighbouring provinces.
Jinto revealed that the airport catered to 695,682 passengers within the first half of the 12 months, with final month alone seeing 114,404 passengers throughout 754 flights. The governor voiced considerations that Thai Smile’s withdrawal may result in a shortage of flights to accommodate the excessive season’s passenger load.
“We need Thai Smile to rethink its coverage and hold the service to Surat Thani.”

In 2009, the airline had previously attempted to droop the service. However, Big from native businesses and individuals pressured the corporate to desert the proposal.
Currently, other airlines like Thai VietJet function from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Surat Thani. Meanwhile, AirAsia, Nok Air, and Thai Lion Air provide flights from Don Mueang International Airport.
Last month a Thai Smile Airways flight had to make an emergency stop as it taxied down the runway after a overseas passenger demanded the aircraft returned to the terminal gate so he could pick up his left behind valuables at Chiang Mai International Airport.
A Thai TikTok consumer, bandzlam, shared a video of the incident when a international man urged a flight attendant to stop the plane as a outcome of he forgot his belongings. The video recorder also panned to her left aspect displaying that the aircraft was shifting on the runway whereas the foreigner requested it to stop. Read extra about what occurred HERE.
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