Thai Airways Celebrates 50th Birthday in Copenhagen

Thai Airways celebrated on 16 June the airline’s 50th birthday with a party in Copenhagen for 230 travel agents. Thai Airways’ first destination in Europe was Copenhagen – a route which was opened in 1972.
Today, Thai Airways has daily flights between Bangkok and Copenhagen or Stockholm – and this week it’s a year ago that Thai also opened a route to Oslo. This route is operates in the summer five times a week with an Airbus 340 and in the winter season with a Boeing 777 on a daily basis.
Last year 145,000 Danes travelled to Thailand, down from 148,000 in 2008.
Approximately 70% of Thai Airways’ passengers on the flight between Copenhagen and Bangkok are going to visit Thailand – the rest continues to other destinations in the Far East, including Australia.
Thai Airways was last year the 17th largest airline of Copenhagen Airport with 234,000 passengers.
The number of passengers from Denmark to Thailand dropped this year due to the political situation in Thailand, but it was now improving, Flemming Sonne, sales director of Thai Airways, told the Danish Travel magazine Take Off at the big party for the travel agent.
“We have more bookings for June and July this year than compared to the same time last year, while August and September is slightly lower – so we will soon launch a campaign with promotions for this period. But generally, Thailand is likely to survive, it bounced back after the tsunami, and after SARS and it will do so this time too,”  Flemming Sonne predicted.

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