THAI boosts air, ground services for New Year passenger surge


BANGKOK, Dec 27 – Thai Airways International (THAI) will add 26 domestic and international flights during the New Year’s holiday to serve 7,000 more passengers, according to a company executive.

THAI President Sorajak Kasemsuvan said more ground staff will be on duty between December 28 and January 3 to facilitate inbound and outbound passengers.

It is projected that 19 million passengers will have flown on the  national flag carrier this year, he said, adding that more staff will be hired next year to cope with increasing passenger load after THAI promotes its services using the Airbus A380-800 on three routes: Bangkok-Hong Kong, Bangkok-Tokyo (Narita Airport) and Bangkok-Frankfurt.

Deputy Transport Minister Prin Suwannatat inspected THAI ground service at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday to ensure convenience for passengers during the busy holiday season.

The airline is currently short of ground staff by 30-50 per cent but management has been instructed to assign sufficient staff during the New Year, he said.