Discussing Disease-Control Rules as Airlines Prepare to Resume Domestic Flights

April 26, 2020

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand recently held a meeting with representatives from 20 airlines to discuss anti-disease transmission guidelines and rules, as Thailand-based airlines look to resume domestic flights on 1 May 2020, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Some of the guidelines and rules discussed include adopting physical distancing onboard aircraft – selling tickets for 70 percent of the capacity – and throughout the process, from check-in, embarking and disembarking the aircraft. No food and drinks will be served, and passengers are not allowed to bring food and drinks on board.

Passengers are required to wear marks at all times while crew must wear masks, gloves, and face shields. Flights longer than 90 minutes must set aside seats in the last two rows to isolate sick people.

So far, Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air have announced they will resume domestic flights starting 1 May. Meanwhile, THAI Smile has announced that it is ready to resume services for domestic routes on 1 June 2020.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration on 26 April 2020 reported 15 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,922. Out of the number of confirmed cases, 2,594 have been cured; 277 are still hospitalized; and 51 have died.

As of 7:00 a.m. on 26 April 2020, since 5 January 2020, there have been 2, 920,738 confirmed cases and 203,355 deaths globally. The United States has seen 960,651 of these confirmed cases and 54,256 deaths. Spain has had 223,759 of the confirmed cases and 22,902 deaths. As for Italy, there have been 195,351 confirmed cases and 26,384 deaths.

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