Airports nationwide all set for Songkran

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BANGKOK, April 10 – Thailand’s Civil Aviation Department has given assurances of its readiness to service an estimated 236,000 air travellers during the Songkran festival on April 11-17, or about 33,000 people a day.

Director General Voradej Harnprasert said the department has allowed an increase of 28 domestic flights during April 11-16, and 158 international flights plus 69 chartered flights during April 2-21.

Thai Airways International (THAI) has added 10 domestic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi, Bangkok Air 13 more flights between Bangkok and Samui, and Nok Air five more flights between Bangkok and Phuket.

He said the number of tourists has increased over 50 per cent, mainly from China.

The highest growth of air travellers is expected at Krabi airport, followed by Udon Thani airport and Khon Kaen airport.