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Thai Airways loses president as it combats coronavirus crisis

Eventual successor inherits difficult reform task as loss-making carrier

Thai Airways personnel disinfect the cabin of an aircraft to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Flag carrier Thai Airways International has lost its captain as it tries to weather turbulence caused by the new coronavirus.

The airline company's board approved President Sumeth Damrongchaitham's resignation at an extraordinary meeting Thursday. The resignation is effective April 11. No reason was given.

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