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Chiang Mai to see passenger numbers fall by 40% in wake of virus fears

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Chiang Mai International airport recently - mychiangmaitravel.com

The numbers at Chiang Mai’s international airport will fall 40% to 3.5 million in the first six months of this year if the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus drags on until the middle of the year.

Chiang Mai airport deputy director Thananrat Prasertsri said late last week that flights to the airport during the period January 1 to February 25 dropped 24% year on year, and passenger numbers fell 40% year on year to 22,000 daily.

This as the airport is expanding service areas to improve its capacity.

Chiang Mai to see passenger numbers fall by 40% in wake of virus fears | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: Chiang Mai airport deputy director Thananrat Prasertsri – File photo

In the last two years, the airport has catered to 11 million passengers, despite being built for to serve a maximum of 8 million per year.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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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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