BANGKOK, Nov 28 (TNA) - Ten of Thailand’s domestic airports nationwide are now ready to serve international commercial flights, after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the country’s two main airports, virtually crippling kingdom’s air transport services, according to a senior official of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
Protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) besieged Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, halting all inbound and outbound flights and stranding thousands of foreign and Thai travellers since Tuesday.
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Chaisak Angsuwan said that apart from U-Tapao International Airport, all airlines were encouraged to used other airports nationwide, including Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and Krabi airports as replacements for the two Bangkok airports.
It was reported that after U-Tapao airport, about 160 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, opened for commercial flights on Wednesday, some 50 international flights had used the facility, while the military authorities also stepped up security measures at the airport.
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