Bangkok Airways to operate "closed" flights from Bangkok to Phuket in support of "sandbox" program

Bangkok Airways has announced that it will operate two special "closed" flights daily from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Phuket from February 1 this year in support of Thailand's "sandbox" plan for Phuket.   The "closed" flights from Bangkok to Phuket will be operated with ATR72-600 aircraft. The first daily outbound flight PG5275 departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi International Airport) at 12:00 and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 14:05. The second outbound flight PG5279 departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) at 1710 hours and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 1915 hours.   Passengers travelling on the above special flights must follow the requirements of the Thai Government's New Crown Epidemic Management Center and be prepared with complete documentation and related documents.

U.S. suspends 44 flights from 4 Chinese flight companies

According to the Global Times, the U.S. government announced on Jan. 21 local time that it will suspend 44 flights to China operated by four Chinese airlines from the United States. 

According to Reuters, the measure will take effect from January 30 until March 29 and involves four airlines - Xiamen Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation threatened to revisit its actions if China revises its policies "to bring about the necessary improvements for U.S. airlines. It also claimed that if China cancels more flights, "we reserve the right to take additional action."

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