Thai Airports In Chaos After All European Flights Cancelled

Thai Airports In Chaos After All European Flights Cancelled

Thursday is a bad day to fly from Bangkok to Europe after dozens of flights were cancelled when Pakistan shut down its airspace over a military dispute with India.

Thai International Airways and other carriers cancelled 34 arriving and departing flights late Wednesday and early today before an alternate route to Farrangland was arranged through China.

While flights have resumed, the backlog has slammed Suvarnabhumi International Airport, making Thursday a decidedly bad day to try and get away.

Flights out of Don Meuang and Phuket also were impacted.

The South Asian nations embarked on the most-dangerous military showdown the region has seen in decades after India killed hundreds of militants in a camp inside Pakistan.

Pakistan retaliated by shooting down an Indian MiG-21 jet and capturing its pilot. India then shot down a Pakistani fighter and closed its airspace. Some airspace over northern India also briefly closed.

The Thai embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday issued a travel warning advising all travellers to avoid trips to Kashmir.

The shutdown shows how much world trade and travel flies over potential conflict zones. Wednesday night Singapore, Qantas, United, Delta, Air Canada and SriLankan Airlines planes were diverted while THAI axed 10 flights last night, before expanding the cancellation list today.

In all, about 220 daily flights between Europe and Southeast Asia fly over Pakistan.