Pattaya Daily News

01 December 2008 :: 11:12:30 am 39854

Thirty Stranded Aircraft Leave Suvaranbhumi

BANGKOK, Dec 1 - Stranded aircraft, from both domestic and international airlines, began leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport since last night without any disruption from the anti-government protesters, the People's Alliance for Demcocracy (PAD) who stormed and seized the international airport since Tuesday.
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There were 88 aircraft stranded at the airport, 12 belonging to foreign airlines while 76 were Thai-based airlines including Thai Airways International and Thai Air Asia.

Since Sunday night 30 of 88 empty aircraft had already left Suvarnabhumi without runway lights and or light on the aircraft as the authorities were afraid that the move would be disrupted by the protesters.

However, the operation ran smoothly, as the empty aircraft would be used for flights at other airports such as U-Tapao, Chiang Mai, Phuket or other regional airports to help stranded passengers to return home.

There were some 100,000 Thais and foreign passengers stranded in Thailand and abroad due to the closure of the two main airports, Suvarnabhumi last Tuesday and Don Mueang airport last Wednesday.

However, Suvarnabhumi airport will remain closed until 6pm today due to the presence of protesters, making it unsafe to reopen the airport. (TNA)

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PAD allows aircraft departures; THAI Airways resumes operation

BANGKOK, Dec 1 Thailand’s national carrier THAI Airways starts operation on Monday to pick up passengers at U-Tapao airport after the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) allowed aircraft to take off from Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to acting THAI president Narongsak Sangapong. However, all passengers must rebook the flights, he said.

Of 30 THAI Airways aircraft, about 15 planes will serve passengers at U-Tapao airport, 190 kilometres southeast of Bangkok.

In cooperation with the Immigration Bureau and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Airports of Thailand (AoT) has opened check-in counters for international passengers transiting U-Tapao Airport at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bang Na in eastern suburban Bangkok after the airport was crowded with stranded passengers.

Four X-ray scanning machines were set up at BITEC, which offers check-in services around the clock. International passengers can contact 02 749 3974 and 02 749 3982 for more information.

Bangkok Airways offers special flights from Huahin to Samui twice a day for passengers to travel to Samui and catch a plane to Singapore or Hong Kong.

The airline also provides bus service from Bangkok to Huahin to facilitate tourists.

Bangkok Airways normally arranges excursions from U-Tapao to diverse destinations including Siem Reap in Cambodia, Maldives, Guilin in China, and Samui and Phuket in Thailand.

For more information, contact 1771 and 02 265 8777 or log on to www. bangkokair.com (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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