Since Nok Air are the only carrier to fly out of Chumphon, those travelling that route should be aware of this and phone ahead to confirm flights.
Nok Air extends flight cancellations
Nok Air continues to cancel some scheduled domestic services, with some round flights to Khon Kaen and Trang now suspended from Tuesday through to Sunday, as local authorities complain that tourism is been affected in their province.
Atthyaya Larpmark, director of Khon Kaen airport, said on Tuesday that Nok Air has cancelled one round trip a day between Bangkok and the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, from Feb 23 to 28.
Flights operated by Thai Smile and Thai AirAsia would, however, cater for the passengers booked on the cancelled Khon Kaen flights.
Nok Air normally operates three daily round trips between Don Mueang in Bangkok and Khon Kaen. One has been cancelled - flights DD9814 and DD9815. Passengers would not be seriously inconvenienced because the airline had informed them in advance of the alternative arrangement, he said.
The airport director said Nok Air clients were still seeking refunds for tickets bought earlier at the airport. Many people said they had lost confidence in Nok Air and would move their custom to other airlines.
In the southern province of Trang, passengers reportedly also received a message from Nok Air that one of its three daily round trips between Bangkok and Trang (flights DD7406 and DD7407) would be cancelled during Feb 23-28.
Trang governor Detrat Simasiri said on Tuesday the flight cancellations were affecting tourism in Trang, which is in the tourist high season. Travellers who had booked tickets were being greatly inconvenienced because they would have to land at other airports such as Krabi and Hat Yai.
He hoped that another airline which had previously applied for a licence to fly to Trang could help. But civil aviation authorities would need to quickly issue the licence.
Karuna Dechartwong na Ayutthaya, director of the Trang office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, also said most visitors to Trang travelled by air and the flight cancellations were affecting the tourism sector.
On Feb 14, 10 pilots' sudden absence affected 17 Nok Air flights and about 3,000 travellers. Nok Air announced the cancellation of 20 flights on Tuesday.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is currently investigating the Feb 14 stoppage, which resulted in one pilot being fired, two others suspended and inquiries being launched involving seven more.
Nok Air said earlier that the flash strike resulted from the dissatisfaction of some pilots who did not pass a new aviation management audit based on standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association. Among the EASA measures is a ban on pilots concurrently holding management positions.
The pilots earlier said separately they would not even call their action a strike. They claimed the cancellations were due to a critical shortage of pilots and overwork.
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