Bangkok, Florida lose as airlines axe less frequented routes

February 20, 2024

Across South-east Asia, pre-pandemic links with Europe have all but vanished as Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways cut flights. In Florida, Fort Lauderdale had more than 50 direct flights a month to London and Paris five years ago, most of them operated by Marabu Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. Singapore Airlines is doing the same thing from Changi Airport, its home base in the city-state. Direct services from all of South America to any London airport have tumbled one third in the same period. Lim has been trying to convince airlines to prioritise Changi over other less-established airports while resources are tight.