Number of passengers and flights drop slightly at 28 secondary Thai airports

28 airports under the Thai Airports Department have dropped traffic by 1% compared to the same time last year. The airports under the Airports Department don’t cover the largest airports at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai.

Some 14.4 million passengers were recorded at the 28 airports under the department from October 2018 to June 2019 – a 1% drop compared to the first nine months of the 2018 fiscal year, according to Ampawan Wannako, director general of the Airports Department.

She says about 115,000 flights used the 28 airports between October 2018 to June 2019, also a 1% drop. The decrease was mainly due to cancelled in-country flights by several domestic airlines.

Ampawan said her department was seeking to add flights to foreign cities from the 28 airports to compensate for the drop in domestic traffic.

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She expected that the number of passengers using the 28 airports would not grow much during the last three months of the 2019 fiscal year (up to October 2019).

SOURCE: The Nation

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