The current state of interprovincial air travel in Thailand

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As the second wave of COVID-19 hit Thailand, many are worried if interprovincial travel is still allowed. Yes, it is. And air transport is still the fastest and the most convenient.

Willing to explore Thailand? Yes, it is possible. Photo: Ferry Octavian

As the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently confirmed, most airlines are operating as usual with the exception of some reduced frequencies and suspension of service, but are offering flexible rescheduling options. Here is what you need to know.

Thai Air Asia

Passengers who booked flights from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021, for travel before 31 March 2021, are able to rebook travel before 30 June 2021, with unlimited changes and free of charge. Flight changes must be made at least 48 hours before the original schedule. For more information, go to www.airasia.com.

Bangkok Airways

The airline recently announced flight reductions, route suspensions, route launch delays, temporary closure of ticketing offices, and closure of all passenger lounges. Passengers who booked flights between 30 December 2020, to 31 January 2021, are able to rebook free of charge. Flight changes must be made 24 hours before the original scheduled departure. For more information go to www.bangkokair.com.

Nok Air

For travel until 31 March 2021, passengers can change the date free of charge, but it must be done at least 24 hours before the original itinerary and the new travel date must be before 30 June 2021. For more information go to www.nokair.com.

Thai Lion Air

Flights scheduled until 15 January 2021, and issued before 29 December 2020, can be changed one time for travel before 31 March 2021, free of charge. Except for the blackout dates of 26-28 February 2021. For more information go to www.lionairthai.com.

Thai Smile Airways

Passengers holding Thai Smile Airways tickets for travel before 28 February 2021, can change the date on the same route free of charge. This must be done before 28 February 2021. For more information or go to www.thaismileair.com.

Thai Vietjet Airlines

All domestic tickets booked and paid for before 1 January 2021, for travel between 5-31 January 2021, can be changed one time on the original route free of charge. Flights must be changed at least 3 hours before the original departure, and passengers must travel before 31 March 2021. For more information go to www.vietjetair.com.