THAI, Bangkok Airways earnings surge as tourists flock back
published : 12 May 2023 at 10:53
Thai Airways International Plc and Bangkok Airways Plc reported a surge in first-quarter earnings as tourists flocked back to the nation.
Thai Air posted net income of 12.51 billion baht in the three months through March, rebounding from a net loss of 3.25 billion baht a year earlier. Bangkok Airways’ net income was 875 million baht versus a net loss of 1.02 billion baht in the same quarter last year.
With visitors returning to Thailand’s beaches and temples, the Finance Ministry expects international arrivals to reach almost 30 million in 2023, up from last year’s tally of 11.2 million.
Thai Air’s first-quarter total operating revenue more than tripled to 41.5 billion baht from 11.2 billion baht a year earlier, when borders were closed to control Covid-19. Bangkok Airways’ total revenue jumped 238% to 5.74 billion baht.
Thai Air plans to exit court-supervised debt restructuring in late 2024. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection in 2020 before most creditors agreed to extend terms as part of a $5.3 billion rehabilitation plan.
The government expects the return of Chinese travellers to further spur the tourism boom. Monthly arrivals from China are on course to hit 1 million from October, a level not seen since the pandemic began, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said this week.