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21 November 2011 :: 08:11:58 am 60097

About 2-3 months needed to recover Don Mueang Airport after flood recedes

BANGKOK, Nov 20 – It will take about 2-3 months after flood recedes to restore Don Mueang Airport, mainly used for domestic flights, with an estimated cost of about one billion baht, said Somchai Sawasdeepon, Senior Executive Vice President of Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT).
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The work to restore the airport can start after flood recedes when runways are completely dry.

It is estimated to take about one billion baht to make it usable again. The Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) initially gave 490 million baht and the AoT has allocated an additional budget of about 500-600 million baht n preparation for the recovery, he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Somchai, who is also Acting General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said that with flood prevention measures out in place, he is confident Suvarnabhumi Airport–Bangkok’s main international air travel hub–will not be flooded.

The AoT has informed tourists about the normal situation at Suvarnabhumi Airport to confirm that they can travel to Thailand as usual, despite flooding at Don Mueang Airport.

In a joint news conference on Sunday with the AoT, the FROC and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), TAT Governor Surapol Sawetserani said that the number of tourists has started to pick up and tourism promotional events will help create confidence among tourists that Thailand is ready to welcome them back.

Among the events is an activity of 20 Miss Belgium finalists, who will attend a preparation camp in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai.

However, he conceded that the current flood will cause Thailand to lose 15 billion baht in tourism income with a two-per cent drop in tourist numbers, or about 300,000 arrivals.

Report by : MCOT

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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