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Thai Airways plans to cut 1,401 jobs this year

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In line with an ongoing restructuring plan, Thai Airways International Pcl intends to cut 1,401 jobs through voluntary retirement, according to a report from Reuters.

Additionally, the carrier plans to suspend and reduce several of its loss-making flights.

Reuters reported that under the two-year plan, the national carrier of Thailand aims to reduce its operating costs and capacity by 20%, which also calls for aircraft sales and a reduction in staffing.

President Charumporn Jotikasthira told Reuters in a telephone interview that this coming flight suspension will reduce Thai Air capacity by 5% and that the company aims to cut capacity by 15% during the second half of 2015.

Adding that a budget of 5.3 billion baht has been set for the voluntary retirement scheme, he said that “it’s normal that we have to cut costs and adjust flights to suit changing situation.”

Jotikasthira revealed that the number of staff leaving excludes those that reaching retirement age this year and that the company aims to cut operating costs by up to 9 billion baht this year.

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According to a press release by Thai Airways, as of October 25, 2015, the carrier will stop flying from Bangkok to Los Angeles and Rome.

It will also half the number of flights from Bangkok to Kolkata, from two flights daily to one flight daily.

Additionally, flights from Bangkok to Hyderabad, Luang Prabang and Changsha will be allocated to Thai Smile Airways.

However, flights from Bangkok to London and Frankfurt will be doubled, from 7 flights weekly to 14 flights weekly.

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