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Ten airports in Thailand to serve international flights

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Ten of Thailand’s domestic airports nationwide are now ready to serve international commercial flights, after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the country’s two main airports, virtually crippling the country’s air transport services.

Protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) besieged Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, halting all inbound and outbound flights and stranding thousands of foreign and Thai travellers since November 25.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Chaisak Angsuwan was quoted by Thailand’s news agency (TNA) as saying that apart from U-Tapao International Airport, all airlines were encouraged to use other airports nationwide, including Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and Krabi airports as replacements for the two Bangkok airports.

Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Narongsak added that there were some 6,000 passengers stranded by the Suvarnabhumi closure.-