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    Jan 23, 2014

    SIA cuts more flights to Bangkok


    SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has cut another 24 flights from Singapore to Bangkok, bringing the total number of flights cancelled this month to 43.

    The latest cancellations, which take effect from today to Feb 27, come after 19 flights were cancelled between Jan 14 and Feb 25.

    The latest cut has made SIA the international carrier with the most flight cancellations to Bangkok due to the ongoing turmoil, The Bangkok Post reported.

    The airline will waive fees for refunds and re-bookings for customers with tickets issued before yesterday, for travel to and from Bangkok till Feb 9, it said on its website.

    Bangkok appeared normal and people went about their business as usual as a state of emergency, declared on Tuesday, took effect in the Thai capital yesterday.

    Police did not try to break up protests, including one outside a complex where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was working.

    The government issued the 60-day emergency decree late on Tuesday, handing security agencies wide powers to detain suspects, impose a curfew, and limit gatherings in and around Bangkok.

    Highlighting the risk of the political deadlock in the country turning violent, "red shirt" leader Kwanchai Praipana, who had warned of a nationwide "fight" if the military launched a coup, was wounded in the arm and leg in a drive-by shooting at his home in the north-eastern town of Udon Thani.

    The police said that they believed the attack was politically motivated.

    "From the way the assailants fired, they obviously didn't want him to live," Mr Kwanchai's wife told Reuters. The police said they found 39 bullet casings near the house.

    Mr Kwanchai leads thousands of pro-government supporters in Udon Thani province.