Flooding in Bangkok Cathay Pacific flights removes 3
The airline Cathay Pacific, which operates five daily flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, removed three flights in six days because of a decline in demand to the capital of Thailand, which is still waiting for the flood event.
After announcing in first trade measures, the Hong Kong company was forced to face the facts: the fear of flooding has had an impact on tourism, especially from China and Japan. The authorities estimate between half a million and the number of visitors who "missed the call" this year, about 19 million originally planned. Korean Air and Asiana however say they have not seen any impact on their reservations.
Besides Cathay Pacific, companies like Thai Airways, Etihad Airways, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have introduced trade measures for passengers wishing to postpone their trip. The low cost Nok Air has it resumed flights this October 28, 2011 after two days of interruption, with however limited to nine domestic destinations program.
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, who normally works from the beginning of the crisis, was attacked yesterday for domestic flights, it is not possible to say if passengers fled the capital and took advantage of five holidays announced by the government. The center of Bangkok is still dry it until the weekend, when high tides could eventually overflow the Chao Praya River.
36 countries, including Switzerland, the United States, Britain, Malaysia and New Zealand have launched more or less strong warnings to their citizens on travel to and in Thailand, but the Embassy of France in Bangkok said that "all the major tourist destinations, except Ayutthaya, are accessible by road or air, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Rayong, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket."
For two months, the floods have affected 28 provinces and killed more than 370 people.
The following is from the US Embassy website.2006-11-01 20:02:20 by short_visits_why_bother?
You do need a visa unless you are on a short layover.
"Tourist Visas If an individual wishes to remain in country for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa is valid for 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended only twice. On the first ...e second occasion, the tourist visa may be extended for another 15 days for a total of 105 days. There is a 1,900 Baht fee for each extension. Interested Americans should contact the Thai Immigration Bureau located at 507 Soi Suan Plu, South Sathon Road in Bangkok. The phone number is (66) (2) 287-3111. Thai immigration offices are also located in most major tourist cities around the country."
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