Coronavirus impact: Thai Airways to file bankruptcy

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Thai Airways steps closer to restructuring in bankruptcy court

The airline has been reporting losses since 2017.

Thai Airways said on Monday that it would file for bankruptcy after suffering severe economic setbacks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters is reporting that Thailand plans to go to bankruptcy court to submit a rehabilitation plan for its national carrier, Thai Airways International, rather than go ahead with a previously planned rescue. “The State-Enterprise Planning Office agreed in principle for the rehabilitation of Thai Airways in court…the procedure will be submitted to Cabinet tomorrow,” government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat told Reuters. The procedure replaces a previous rescue plan, which involves the airline seeking a 58.1 billion baht (S$2.6 billion) loan guaranteed by the government. “It is similar to filing Chapter 11 in the United States,” she said, adding that details of the rehabilitation plan have not been discussed.

Thai Airways, like every other carrier in the world, has suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the virtual halt to air traffic.

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