Thai Airways (TG) plans to increase flights between Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to double daily from December 1, the planned twice-daily service brings the Thai airline’s schedule back to the pre-pandemic standards.
Take advantage of increased demand
Thai Airways is taking full advantage of growing international travel demand and the impending summer holiday season in Australia, with the switch to twice-daily flights between the capital of Victoria and the bustling Thai capital from December 1. This is another reflection of increased demand, both for travelers heading directly to Thailand or any of its destinations such as China, Europe and India.
As of October 1, international visitors to Thailand are no longer required to present proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the country, ending the Southeast Asian nation’s pandemic restrictions.
In addition to removing COVID-19 restrictions, the Thai government has extended the length of stay to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from visa-exempt countries, including Australia, and to 30 days (instead of 15 days) for those eligible for a visa on arrival (VOA).
Thai Airways and Melbourne Airport have a long-standing partnership, and the airport commented:
“Thai Airways is one of Melbourne’s oldest airline partners and was one of the first international airlines to return to Melbourne after our international borders opened”
Flights between Bangkok and Melbourne will operate according to the schedule below:
Bangkok to Melbourne
TG461: leaves Bangkok at 8:20 a.m. and arrives in Melbourne at 9:20 p.m.
TG465: leaves Bangkok at 00:05 and arrives in Melbourne at 13:05
Melbourne to Bangkok
TG462: leaves Melbourne at 00:30 and arrives in Bangkok at 05:40
TG466: leaves Melbourne at 3:25 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 8:35 p.m.
Growth in the region
The introduction of Thai’s second daily service to Melbourne is another major post-pandemic leap for the Victorian capital, with the airport also hosting United Airlines soon flying daily between Melbourne and LA and San Francisco, surpassing what they were operating before the pandemic, and in the coming months the airport is delighted to welcome back Air Asia X and Garuda Indonesia as well as Qantas’ new service to Dallas.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus said the additional flights were a welcome return to pre-COVID-19 flight levels and commented:
“We’ve worked hard alongside the Victorian government to make sure airlines around the world understand what an amazing place Melbourne is, and many carriers are listening.”
Thai Airways has a long service to Oceania, with Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD), Brisbane (BNE) and Auckland (AKL) also on Thai’s map.
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Sources: Executive Traveller, Australian Aviation