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Pattaya Daily News

02 December 2008 :: 01:12:18 am 39842

Minister Assures 200,000 Stranded Passengers Flights within 10 Days

BANGKOK, Dec 1 - Thailand‘s Minister of Tourism and Sports assured on Monday all 240,000 stranded passengers could board flights to their destinations within 10 days as Vietnam war-era U-tapao naval airport has been serving a great number of inbound and outbound passengers.
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The anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters continue to occupy Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Mueang airports.

The two airports have been closed since early last week, causing tens of thousands of international travellers to be stranded while thousands of Thais abroad are unable to return home.

U-tapao security chief Captain Somnuek Kaewmarerng said about 400 flights had so far used the U-tapao Naval airport, carrying 50,000 passengers.

Check-in counters at Bitec exhibition center in Bangna were now up and running around the clock to accommodate more passengers to check in for their flights and board buses to U-Tapao airport. Passengers are advised to arrive at Bi-Tec 7 hours before their flight departure time.

All check-in locations at six hotels in Bangkok, meanwhile, were closed on Monday.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat said another check in location at Muang Thong Thani will be ready by Wednesday.

It will serve passengers leaving for Nakorn Ratchasima airport which can accommodate three Boeing 737s at one time.

Bangkok Airways will operate 2 departing flights daily from Hua Hin airport departing at 2 pm and 5 pm to Samui airport for passengers to connect to Hong Kong. All foreign passengers falling sick are eligible for free medical care at all private or public hospitals, according to the Public Health Minister Chalerm Yubumrung. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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