Suvarnabhumi confirms services at airport not affected by curfew


BANGKOK, June 3 — Suvarnabhumi International Airport said that Thailand’s curfew, enforced by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) since May 22, has not disrupted services provided by the airport to passengers.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Raweewan Netarakavesana said services at the airport have operated as usual, with stricter security surveillance by the army.

The troops helped provide improved conveniences to passengers and easier access for public transportation into the airport, she said.

The director stressed that passengers with valid passports and air tickets would be able to gain access in and out of the airport 24 hours daily.

The NCPO announced curfew during 10pm to 5am before relaxing the curfew period to midnight to 4am.

As for the number of passenger arrivals, the director said, the figure has declined slightly, which is considered normal during the low season.

She added that passenger arrivals at the airport currently stands at between 90,000-100,000 people daily on average, while on crowded days, the airport would see around 130,000 tourist arrivals per day.

However, she believes that after the political situation in the country has cleared up by year’s end, the number of visitors would return to normal by the new high tourism season next year.

In the meantime, a report said Suvarnabhumi Airport has organised an exhibition on “Safety at Suvarnabhimi International Airport”, which is an annual activity set up by the airport to practice safety drills in case of emergency situations with relevant agencies.

Tomorrow, the airport will conduct its annual fire drill, a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).