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Flights To Thailand Operating on Schedule Despite Military Coup

May 24, 2014 9:00 am

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The situation in Thailand is fluid. A military coup with curfews for tourists and Thai citizens will undoubtedly impact visitor numbers.

— Dennis Schaal

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In this photo released by Royal Thai Army a day prior to the military coup on May 21, 2014, Thai Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, talks as anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, right, takes a note during a meeting with representatives from seven key political rivals at the Army Club in Bangkok. Royal Thai Army / Associated Press

Major airlines will continue flights as scheduled to Thailand as many prospective tourists are not deterred from flying there despite the coup.

A spokesman from national carrier Malaysia Airlines said flights to and from cities in Thailand would operate as scheduled but advised passengers to expect armed security per?sonnel at the airport and city areas.

“There will be checkpoints, traffic diversions and road closures in some areas and potential traffic congestion is expected.

“Passengers will be required to present airline tickets and passports at any security check points,” he said in a press statement.

An AirAsia spokesman has also confirmed that the airline will continue flights to Thailand.

“The airline highly recommends its guests to allocate no less than three hours of travel time to the airport and to stay up to date with traffic news in Bangkok,” he said, adding that this is to ensure passengers get to their flights on time.

Sales coordinator, Brayden Lim, 23, said he would be travelling to Thailand in about week but was not concerned about the crisis.

“I’ll be visiting Krabi and Phuket between June 2 and June 6. I bought my flight tickets some time ago and am committed to following through with my travel plans.

“If it gets worse, I’ll just stay in the hotel,” he said.

Joanne Wong, 35, a hotel manager who frequents Bangkok, said she planned to go there in July.

“Friends tell me that places I plan to visit have not really been affected,” she said. ___

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