Thai AirAsia planes are grounded at Don Mueang airport due to plunging demand and air travel restrictions after the outbreak of the coronavirus. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
State help on the radar for 8 airlines：Up to B25bn in soft loans will help carriers keep staff and prepare to resume flights
Airlines breathed a sigh of relief on Friday as discussions with the Finance Ministry on 25 billion baht in soft loans yielded positive feedback. Fiscal Policy Office director-general Lavaron Sangsnit said after a meeting with eight airline operators that the ministry had agreed in principle with the lifeline measures but needs additional details from the carriers. The eight carriers are Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air, Thai Vietjet Air, Thai Smile, NokScoot and Nok Airlines.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand had a meeting with representatives from 20 airlines on Thursday. CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said after the meeting Thai AirAsia would resume domestic services on May 1 while Thai Lion Air would rather wait to see whether the state of emergency would be extended from April 30.