Don Mueang cargo terminal to convert into ad hoc goods distribution center

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BANGKOK, 23 October 2011 – The government has turned Don Mueang Airport into an ad hoc goods distribution center to solve transport problems brought on by floods.

Starting from Monday, the 30,000 square meter cargo terminal at Don Mueang will serve as the distribution center for modern trade operators, including Tesco Lotus, Big C and CP ALL. The scheme is expected to enable the consumption products to reach retailers within 48 hours.

Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said consumer product shortages resulted from the worry about floods, which had prompted people to stock up on food. He also admitted that the delivery of consumption items to Bangkok and the vicinity had been problematic over the past two weeks as many distribution centers were based in flood-torn Ayutthaya where transport routes had been hit.

Now that the transport of consumer products is expected to take a shorter time, Mr. Kittiratt advised the public not to overspend their money, explaining that the supply would be enough for all.