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THAI brings home 204 nationals stranded in South Korea

May 16. 2020
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Thai Airways International (THAI) organised a chartered flight to pick up Thais stranded in South Korea, Squadron Leader Anirut Saengrit, director of the airline's Operations Control Centre, said on Saturday (May 16).

“The plane departed from Seoul on [Friday] May 15 at 9pm [local time] and reached Bangkok past midnight of Saturday,” he said. “Most of the 204 passengers were Thais who where stranded in South Korea due to the local government’s lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, while some had flown in from the United States to catch a connecting flight to Thailand.”

Anirut added that the airline has enforced strict measures for the safety of passengers and staff to reduce transmission risk, including maintaining physical distancing from checking-in until disembarking.

“All foods were served in disposable boxes to reduce contact between staff and passengers, while all staff were told to wear face masks and face fields, gloves, and closely monitor the symptoms of passengers throughout the flight,” he added.

“THAI will continue its missions to bring home Thais stranded in other countries until the Covid-19 crisis is over,” Anirut said. “It is our proud mission of being a national carrier for over 60 years.”

South Korea is among the four terrotories that have just recently been removed from the Public Health Ministry’s list of high-risk places for Covid-19, along with China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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