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Drop in number of S'poreans travelling to Bangkok over LNY

With concerns growing over the political situation in Thailand, travel agencies say the number of travellers looking to travel to Bangkok during the Lunar New Year period has fallen.

SINGAPORE: Many Singaporeans typically take advantage of the long weekend over the Lunar New Year period to travel overseas.

But with concerns growing over the political situation in Thailand, travel agencies have said that the number of travellers looking to travel to Bangkok during this period has fallen.

In response to the falling demand, Singapore Airlines will be cancelling 43 flights until the end of next month.

Thai Airways will be cancelling four flights next week while Tigerair is cancelling six.

Jetstar flights are currently not affected, but the carrier said passengers who wish to change their departure date may do so for free before February 17.

Travel agencies said that the number of travellers going to Bangkok has dropped by 50 to 80 per cent, and there have been no calls to enquire about Bangkok trips recently.

Zheng Lingna, assistant marketing manager at Travel Star, said: "During the Chinese New Year period, there will be at least 10 groups of people (that) depart to Bangkok. However, due to this year's situation, we only have 2-3 groups (that will) depart to Bangkok.

"Up to 80 per cent of the customers who have already purchased their Bangkok package called to change their travelling destinations or travelling dates." 

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