Chengdu-Surat Than flights suspended

SURAT THANI: Spring Airlines, a Shanghai-based low-cost carrier, has suspended charter flights from Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, to Surat Thani until Feb 28 following the ban on Chinese travelling abroad because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Suksawat Sukwanno, director of Nakhon Si Thammarat airport and temporarily acting for the director of Surat Thani airport, said the flight suspensions were decided by the airline itself, not Surat Thani airport.

Spring Airlines usually operates four charter flights a week – 9C8525 and 9C8526 – from Chengdu to Surat Thani on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Mr Suksawat said Air Asia flights between Kuala Lumpur and Surat Thani were operating as usual, so are Nortdwind Airlines charter flights from Russia to Surat Thani. Nortdwind had increased the number flights to 12 a month, he added.

Foreign arrivals at Surat Thani airport were being screened for infection  in line with measures taken jointly by the provincial public health office, the international communicable diseases control office, Wing 7 Hospital and Vibhavadi Rangsit Hospital, he said.

No coronavirus infections had been found.