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August 4, 2015

Asia: Thai Airways Axe Longhaul Routes, Jobs to Revive Flagging Fortunes

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Thailand's flagship carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), will be undergoing further overhaul as operations continue to get streamlined, according to a report from the Bangkok Post.

Loss-making flights from Bangkok to Los Angeles and Rome will be suspended while frequency on the highly competitive Bangkok-Kolkata route will be halved to one daily. More than 1,400 jobs will also undergo voluntary retirement this year.

Meanwhile, routes to Hyderabad, Changsha and Luang Prabang will be relegated to its THAI Smile unit, a LCC which operates smaller-body aircraft.

However, THAI will be doubling frequencies to London and Frankfurt, each to twice daily, in an attempt to capitalise on its more popular routes.

The 55-year-old national carrier had suffered losses of 15.6 billion baht (US$4.5 billion) last year, but has since managed to make a comeback, posting profits of 4.5 billion baht in the first quarter of 2015.

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