Pattaya Daily News

29 March 2009 :: 11:03:51 am 24339

Thai domestic flights go Suvarnabhumi airport

BANGKOK, March 28 - Cash-strapped national flag carrier Thai Airways (THAI) was removing equipment and flies from Bangkok venerable Don Mueang Airport to facilitate all domestic flights, arrivals and departures, to take place at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday, a senior airline official said on Saturday.
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The move is expected to save the national carrier significant overhead costs that are currently duplicated.

Admitting that the national carrier domestic passengers might become confused at the outset if they have not received full information on the move of all domestic flights to Suvarnabhumi airport, Lek Klinviboon, managing director of THAI Ground Customer Services Department, said the airline is speeding its public relations activities to inform its passengers.

The last THAI Airways flight will depart Don Mueang Airport on Saturday at 10.15pm for Chiang Mai.

The first lift-off on Sunday will be at Suvarnabhumi.

Mr. Lek said the total cost for moving documents and equipment is about Bt2 million.

After the transfer, THAI outbound flights from Suvarnabhumi will increase to 46 flights daily from 23 flights now, he said.

THAI has said that moving all 23 domestic flights to Suvarnabhumi will enable it to better manage its flights and facilitate passengers wishing to travel throughout Thailand as well as making connections to international flights.

The move will also help support the government policy on promoting domestic tourism and economic growth.

Not all passengers are happy with the move. One passenger using the airline at Don Mueang, said he and others living near Bangkok oldest airport would be affected as they must now travel to Suvarnabhumi.

Many countries have more than one airport serving the capital, he said. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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