Officials and traders in Suvarnabhumi Airport meet to ensure synchronized action against MERS

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SAMUT PRAKAN, 12 June 2015 – The Airports of Thailand Plc called a meeting of authorities and entrepreneurs operating at Suvarnabhumi Airport to keep them on the same track of prevention against MERS-CoV, Deputy General Manager of Suvarnbhumi Airport Phet Chan-charoen said.

Attending the meeting today were, among others, representatives of the Bangkok Airways Board, airlines operators, Immigration Division, Customs Department, as well as the Communicable Disease Control Office, Ministry of Public Health.

Though MERS surveillance has not been upgraded inside the airport, Mr.Phet emphasized that close observation is vital. All passengers are suggested to avoid going to countries in risk of the virus outbreak. In case they need to do so, they should follow official instructions and perform proper self-protection.

Thai authorities confirmed the virus outbreak has not affected flight schedules between Thailand and South Korea or between the Middle East and South Korea.

At the initial stage, thermoscan infrared cameras have been installed in the airport at three points. Two points are at Zone 2 and 3 of the Immigration Office and another one is at Concourse E.

A senior official of the Communicable Disease Control Office revealed that main target passengers are those returning from countries in risk of the deadly virus outbreak. Passengers of such flights will receive on-board self care guidance. On their arrival at Suvarnabhumi, each of them is provided with a personal self-protection set which comprises hand washing gel and face mask.