By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier says operations will be back to normal on Dec. 9 as protests end.
Dubai-based Emirates has announced that it will resume full operations to Bangkok, starting on Tuesday.
The announcement follows news that the carrier had resumed its scheduled Dubai-Bangkok-Dubai service and was operating two additional relief flights to clear the previous backlog of stranded passengers.
All flights to the airport have been suspended since Nov. 25, when political unrest gripped the Thai capital after the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seized the airport.
As Bangkok’s international airport slowly resumes operations, Emirates has been escalating both its recovery and scheduled services.
From Friday, Emirates EK372/373 will operate daily between Dubai and Bangkok and from Saturday Emirates EK8384/8385 will operate daily between Dubai and Bangkok, bringing the airline’s service to a double-daily.
From Dec. 9, the flight will re-instate its Hong Kong landing and operate as EK384/385, Dubai-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Dubai.
On the same day, Emirates EK418/419 will re-instate its Bangkok landing on the route to Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.
This will bring the airline’s Bangkok service to a triple daily, and signal the full resumption of Bangkok services.
Emirates is currently transporting additional flight and cabin crew to Thailand in preparation for the start of normal operations.
Richard Vaughan, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations, East Asia and Australasia said: “After conducting a comprehensive security and infrastructure review of Suvarnabhumi Airport, we have concluded that it is the right time to resume full Bangkok operations.”
The airline’s previous three recovery flights have brought back close to 800 passengers from U-Taphao and Chiang Mai Airports.
These included British, German, French, Italian, American, and Iranian passengers that connected to various Emirates flights to Europe, North America and Middle East.
Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways also plan to resume normal services to Bangkok on Friday following the suspension of regular flights due to political unrest in Thailand.
Qatar Airways and the UAE's Etihad said that their twice-a-day flights to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport from are set to start again, provided the airport is operating as normal.