This year, Thailand will form a city-travel bubble with Cambodia's Koh Kong.
Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, stated that his government intends to deploy city bubbles along borders such as Trat and Cambodia’s Koh Kong this year.
This was in addition to Nong Khai and Laos and Koh Lipe in Satun and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Next year, 15 million foreign arrivals are projected, earning about 600 billion baht, while 160 million domestic journeys are forecast, creating a total of 882 billion baht.
Sarun Benjanirat, deputy director-general of Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT), stated that the agency has already begun the process of increasing flying capacity to 100 per cent by October 15 and was awaiting clearance from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
CAAT and the Interior Ministry will also explore simplifying various inter-provincial travel restrictions to enable more travel.
Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia stated that the restart of foreign flights would be contingent on travel bubble negotiations. The airline is prepared to service any location with which Thailand has travel agreements.
The statement came as Thai AirAsia (TAA) said that it expects a full recovery of domestic capacity in the fourth quarter after witnessing early signs of improvement.