November 25, 2008 / 21.00 hrs.
- The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters forced the partial closure of Suvarnabhumi International Airport when demonstrators broke through police lines and entered the Departure Lounge. Inbound flights were still operating normally with aircraft being cleared for landing.
November 25, 2008 / 22.00 hrs.
- With anti-government protesters having blocked access to the airport via the main motorway and the main entrance, shortly after 21.00 hrs., Acting Airports of Thailand (AoT) President and Acting Suvarnabhumi Airport Director, Mr. Serirat Prasutanont announced the cancellation of all flights departing from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. As a result, hundreds of passengers were stranded.
November 26, 2008 / 04.00 hrs.
- All inbound and outbound flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport were cancelled since 04.00 hrs. (21.00 GMT Tuesday)
- For security reasons Suvarnabhumi International Airport will be closed from Tuesday, November 25, 21.00 hrs. onwards until further notice. The airport authorities have been negotiating with anti-government protesters to move their political rally to an alternative protest site to enable airport operations to resume as soon as possible.
November 26, 2008/ 08.00 hrs
- Thai Airways International (TG) announced that a total of 16 flights would be diverted to land at Don Mueang International Airport, while another three flights: TG508/Muscat-Karachi-Bangkok, TG520/Kuwait-Dubai-Bangkok, and TG 941/Milan-Bangkok, would be diverted to land at U-Tapao Airport. All of THAI’s inbound and outbound flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport are temporarily suspended until it resumes normal operations.
- THAI’s domestic flights, inbound and outbound from Don Mueang International Airport as well as the airport itself are operating normally.
- Chiang Mai International Airport, Phuket International Airport, Chiang Rai International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport, Khon Kaen Airport, Krabi Airport, Phitsanulok Airport, Samui Airport, Sukhothai Airport, Surat Thani Airport, Ubon Ratchathani Airport, and Udon Thani International Airport are all operating normally.
- At the Hat Yai International Airport, Thai Airways and Nok Air are still operating normally from Hat Yai International Airport to Don Mueang International Airport. Five flights of Thai Air Asia from Hat Yai International Airport have been cancelled.
- There has been no declaration of a State of Emergency.
- TAT is cooperating with the Thai Hotels Association (THA), Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), AoT, and Thai Airways (TG) to set up a Crisis Networking Centre on the fourth floor of the Departure Terminal in Suvarnabhumi International Airport in order to facilitate the stranded passengers and tourists until the airport resumes normal operations. The airport authority has moved the stranded passengers to the hotels.
- The Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Mr. Vunsadej Thavarasukha, has ordered the 35 TAT local offices to facilitate tourists travelling at the various tourist destinations in Thailand.
For more information, please contact the following numbers:
Don Mueang Airport
02-535-1669 / 02-535-1616
Hot Line Bangkok Airways
Suvarnabhumi International Airport
02-132-1888 / 02-132-1882
02-132-000 / 02-132-9328-9
02-132-4310 / 02-132-4000 / 02-535-1669
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Crisis Management Center (TIC)
Callers from outside Thailand should dial country code “66” and drop the first “0” of the above phone numbers.
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