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Suvarnabhhumi Airport sees huge jump in traffic

Jack Burton

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Despite a continued and near-total ban on international arrivals, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is seeing a spike in traffic after the government eased lockdown measures and allowed domestic travel. The airport’s general manager says that from July 1-15, Suvarnabhumi saw 3,205 flights (1,604 incoming and 1,601 outgoing) or an average of 214 per day.

“The total number of passengers using the airport was 174,912 (85,758 incoming and 89,154 outgoing), or 11,661 passengers per day on average, which is a big jump from the previous months.”

“To ensure the safety of passengers and staff during the Covid-19 situation, Airports of Thailand has employed measures suggested by the Ministry of Public Health, such as setting up screening checkpoints at all terminals, maintaining social distancing in operational and passenger areas, performing deep cleaning in public areas and facilities every day, and enforcing the wearing of face masks by staff and passengers.”

He suggests passengers download the AOT Airports Application and fill in their information before entering the airport, to avoid creating bottlenecks at terminals.

“For inquiries about the airport’s services and flight details, contact AOT Contact Centre 1722, which is available 24 hours a day.”

(The Thaiger passed through Bangkok’s other airport, Don Mueang, on Friday and wasn’t required to fill in the AOT Airports Application, although the week before at Suvarnabhumi, we were.)

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Steven

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Jack, Please be so kind to write a story about the group of foreigners who live 11 months a year in Thailand (or more, perhaps 2 years in a row now and then), but happened to be outside Thailand when Thailand went into lock-down. Many own a house or condo in Thailand, but are not married, but just have a GF or are just retired and being single. They don’t belong to the group of foreigners (like those who are married) who at this moment are allowed to apply for a COE to return.

    Some don’t have a house in their country of origin, but stay there with family.

    As for me: I am stressed and very frustrated. I hope the Thai government will also consider to give this group of people access to Thailand. An expat who stays 1-2 years in Thailand, contributes much more to the Thai economy than a “bubble tourist” or a wellness tourist.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Was there late last night and the airport was a ghost town with most int’l flights cancelled and shops closed! AOT will follow Thai Airways fate if int’l flights are not quickly restarted

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    Kevin Martyn

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:36 am

    The bottom line and only when it’s 100% to do so Thailand needs foreign to u rest. BUT only when 100 % safe to do so and covid 19 is controlled

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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