NESDB approves first 213 projects aimed at rebooting the economy

Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has agreed the first 213 projects, out of about 46,000 proposed by government agencies and local administration organizations, to rehabilitate the economy and a society disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NESDB Secretary-General, Professor Tossaporn Sirisamphan, told the media today that the chosen projects will use about 100 billion baht, from a total of 400 billion baht of the one trillion baht in loans secured by the Government.

He said that the money will be divided into 2-3 tranches, to ensure continuity in the project implementation, with the first phase to commence in July, coinciding with the expiration of the subsidy packages rolled out by the Government to help people affected by t

Australia’s Qantas airline to cut 6,000 jobs as virus hits

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Qantas plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more workers on extended furloughs as Australia’s largest airline tries to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Qantas announced a plan Thursday to reduce costs by billions of dollars and raise fresh capital. The plan includes grounding 100 planes for a year or more and immediately retiring its six remaining Boeing 747 planes.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline has to become smaller as it braces for several years of much lower revenues. He said the furloughed workers faced a long interruption to their airline careers.

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NokScoot budget airline to downsize fleet and staff at end of June

Thailand’s low-cost airline, NokScoot, plans to take three aircraft out of service and reduce its staffing level at the end of this month, in a major reorganization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Majority-owned by Nok Air, which is affiliated with Thai Airways International, the company issued a statement today saying that the major restructuring is necessary, because the airline has been hit hard by COVID-19 and international air services are likely to be restricted for the next 2-3 years, making it impossible for NokScoot to recover and resume normal operations.

The company maintains that the airline is not ceasing operations, but is awaiting a clear signal from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand about when it will allow in-bound international

Proposed entertainment venue anti-COVID-19 measures if they reopen

A detailed list of measures, which will potentially be applied to pubs, bars and karaoke bars, if they are allowed to resume business on July 1st, has been drawn up by the CCSA’s working committee tasked with easing lockdown restrictions.

They include:

Control of the number of customers to prevent congestion and to enable social distancing in the venue.

Alcohol-based sanitizers available at the entrance and at other locations on the premises.

Temperature screening of all customers and workers.

Groups limited to five people.

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Proposed entertainment venue anti-COVID-19 measures if they reopen

A detailed list of measures, which will potentially be applied to pubs, bars and karaoke bars, if they are allowed to resume business on July 1st, has been drawn up by the CCSA’s working committee tasked with easing lockdown restrictions.

They include:

Control of the number of customers to prevent congestion and to enable social distancing in the venue.

Alcohol-based sanitizers available at the entrance and at other locations on the premises.

Temperature screening of all customers and workers.

Groups limited to five people.

A queueing system at the entrance with enf

No more social distancing on domestic flights in Thailand

Photo by Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has further eased domestic air travel service restrictions, by doing away with the on-board social distancing requirement.

CCAT Director Mr. Chula Sookmanop said today that, from now on, airlines can sell all the seats on each flight, without the need to leave some vacant for social distancing.

The airlines, however, must improve their in-flight air ventilation systems and replace the high efficiency particulate air filters on a regular basis, in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The airlines must also warn their passengers that they may face legal a

Cabinet rolls out support for those who missed out on previous subsidy schemes

People walk in a street food market in Bangkok on June 9, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s Cabinet has rolled out four new schemes to help people affected by business closures caused by COVID-19 and who missed out on previous aid packages. The new measures will also cover fragile groups, including poor children under the age of 6, disabled people and those over 60.

Deputy government spokesperson, Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, said today that the first group of about 1.2 million, are holders of state welfare cards, who did not receive any help from the previous schemes.

They will each receive 3,000 baht, to be paid in t

Cabinet endorses three packages to revive ailing tourism industry

Thailand’s Cabinet today approved three packages intended to reboot Thailand’s declining tourism industry, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourist arrivals and revenues for the first quarter of this year fell by over 50% compared to the same period last year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said, after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had reminded the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, which initiated the three packages, to ensure that they are implemented with transparency and efficiency.

The first package is intended to provide incentives to about 1.2 million front-line medical personnel and public health volunteers.  Each will be given 2,000 baht travelling expenses for tw

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