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No Shutdown Planned for Thai Smile Airways

Thai Airways International confirmed Friday it will not disband its wholly owned Thai Smile Airways, which remains competitive.

Acting THAI President Chansin Treenuchagron said there was not a plan to shut down the airline as the operations of Thai Smile Airways were gradually improving and its passenger load factor already rose to 70 percent.

He said that Thai Smile operated domestic flights, had Southeast Asian routes and planned to serve short international flights with “travel bubble” countries including China. Besides, the salaries and welfare of its staff ensured its competitiveness.

“The operating results are gradually improving and its dissolution is unnecessary… Thai Smile is a competitive strategy of THAI. It has served its popular “fried dough sticks” on its flights since Oct. 7 and received a very warm welcome,” Chansin said.