Stranded Thais airlifted home
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Thai passengers stranded in Hong Kong were taken back home today by the national airline using a wide-body aircraft, a Thai media report said.
Thai Airways International said it switched to a bigger aircraft for its Bangkok-Hong Kong service, the Bangkok Post reports.
Yesterday, the airline flew 921 passengers from Hong Kong on four flights.
Airline president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said wide-body planes were used for flights TG638 and the return leg, TG639.
TG638 left Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok at 1:55pm and was scheduled to arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 5:40pm. The regular departure time from Hong Kong for TG639 is 7:07pm but FlightStates, a website that tracks flights, said it may be delayed to 11:00pm.
The airline normally operates an Airbus A330, but it did not give details of the aircraft being flown to and from Hong Kong.
The airline said it had also rescheduled flight TG602 from Hong Kong from 6:30pm today to 2:50am on Thursday. It will arrive in Bangkok at 6:40am.
About 150 of the airline's passengers remained stranded in Hong Kong today and 60 passengers from other carriers, most of them Thais, wanted to fly home with Thai Airways, it said.
The airline expects to bring back all stranded passengers today, it said in the statement.
Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on her Twitter account the government considered using airports in Macau, Shenzhen or Guangzhou as a backup plan to help Thai citizens return from Hong Kong.