Orient Thai Airlines is extending the suspension of all its flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok until the end of the month.
Previously, the airline announced the cancellation of flights until March 19 because of mechanical problems.
At that time, the Travel Industry Council (TIC) of Hong Kong estimated that about 100 tours comprising 2,000 travelers would be affected.
The TIC has now heard from the airline that the problem might not be solved shortly and expects all its flights to be canceled until March 31, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
TIC executive director Joseph Tung Yiu-chung said about 120 tours comprising 2,800 travelers — not counting independent travelers — will be affected between March 20 and March 31.
Most of them were scheduled to leave Hong Kong during the Easter holidays.
Tung said the affected travelers should ask their travel agencies for alternatives; however, the chances of changing destinations might be slim, as Easter is a peak season for travel.
He said the cancellations were unavoidable and were not within the control of the agencies.
Hong Thai Travel Services said about 20 tours and 600 travelers are affected between March 10 and March 19.
A further 24 tours and 600 travelers will be affected if the flights have to be canceled until the end of this month, the travel agency said.
Affected travelers could choose other destinations in Thailand or could join other tours, or they could get a refund after deducting handling fees, it said.
The official website of the Airport Authority Hong Kong showed two Orient Thai flights flew from Hong Kong to Bangkok Monday, and three flights from Bangkok arrived in Hong Kong.
They were all operated by SiamAir, an airline partner of Orient Thai.
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