Suvarnabhumi Airport braces for record-breaking new year influx

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Dr Keerati Kitmanawat, the president of Airports of Thailand Co Ltd. (AOT) led a thorough inspection on December 28, of Suvarnabhumi Airport‘s preparedness for the impending new year celebrations.

Sources reveal that Dr Keerati is gearing up for an aviation onslaught from December 29 to January 4, with a staggering 6,777 flights scheduled at Suvarnabhumi Airport. This sky-high number includes a whopping 5,069 international flights and 1,708 domestic flights, marking a 16.76% surge compared to the previous year during the same period.

The airport is also set to witness a groundswell of passenger activity, with an estimated 1,245,437 individuals checking in and out. Dr Keerati, with a keen foresight, predicts an astonishing 26.58% uptick in passenger numbers, showcasing the airport’s unyielding popularity as a global transit hub.

To cope with this unprecedented surge, Suvarnabhumi Airport authorities have collaborated seamlessly with relevant agencies and airlines. Their game plan includes beefing up staff for both passenger check-ins and passport inspections. The introduction of state-of-the-art Common Use Self Service (CUSS) and Common Use Bag Drop (CUBD) systems promises a hassle-free experience for passengers opting for self-service check-ins, reported Pattaya News.

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Despite the anticipated chaos, Suvarnabhumi Airport is not leaving passengers stranded. In a generous move, they are offering 718 free long-term parking spaces at the Zone C parking lot, effective from 12.01am yesterday, December 29, to 12am on January 1. Complementing this, free shuttle buses will be at the ready, ensuring a seamless transition for travellers every 15 minutes.

In related news, Suvarnabhumi International Airport unveiled an upgrade to its passport control system. Police Lieutenant General Itthipol Itthisarnronnachai, the visionary commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, disclosed that a groundbreaking shift is underway at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Effective from December 15, the airport extends its automatic passport channels to include departing foreigners.

In other news, a male airline employee tricked a 15 year old boy into a bathroom at Suvarnabhumi International Airport before the victim’s mother learned of the incident and filed a complaint.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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