Thursday, April 09, 2009

Cheap flights to Thailand from England

Following on from my post last month about cheap hotels in Thailand, here are some tips on how to get cheap flights to Thailand.....

Normally, the cheapest way to fly to Thailand from England (and many other places in Europe for that matter) is to fly economy class with one of these excellent Arabian airlines: Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Air of Bahrain, or Kuwait Airways.

A flight from England to Thailand with one of these airlines involves a short stopover and flight transfer in either Abu Dhabi, Bahrain or Kuwait (so they are not direct flights - typical total travel time is around 16 hours end to end versus around 12 hours direct), and as a result the airfares tend to be much cheaper than direct flights.

This is almost always the way that I fly between England and Thailand and back again. I have used all three airlines many times before, and they are all really good - they all have amongst the newest and safest aircraft fleets in the world and offer excellent service (but please note that there is no alcohol available on Kuwait flights, although there is on Etihad and Gulf flights).

Alternatively, it is also always worth checking EVA Airways of Taipei, Taiwan who fly direct to Thailand from England on their way to Taiwan - sometimes they have very cheap flights available, but not always.

Sadly though, I have to report that once again there is now some rather serious political unrest here in Thailand, and although it should not be a problem for anyone coming here on holiday, there is always the possibility of flight and other travel disruptions as a result, so please bear that in mind before you plan on coming here. It is always best to check the international news about what is going on anywhere you plan on travelling to before you book flights and so on.

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