20th Dec 2019
Six of Thailand’s international airports are bracing for an influx of passengers during the New Year holiday, with the figure expected to hit five million, thus the need to arrive three hours early for flights.
According to Airports of Thailand (AoT) President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, some 4.93 million passengers are expected to fly in and out of Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket airports.
The figure, however, will be 2.29-percent lower than the same period last year, despite the increased number of flights of 28,600.
Of the total, Suvarnabhumi Airport is expected to account for the bulk or 2.27 million passengers and 12,100 flights while Don Muang - the hub for low-cost carriers - is seen to accommodate 1.33 million passengers and 8,400 flights. The balance will be shared by the four remaining airports.
Sirismatthakarn said more workers will be deployed during the holiday and that parking fees are waived in some areas.
Passengers are also advised to arrive at least three hours before their flights to avoid any delays during check-in.
From periods December 15 to 31, Suvarnabhumi Airport alone recorded 14,530 flights, a 5-percent increase from the 13,860 flights recorded last year.
Checkpoints at the immigration counters have also been stepped up from December 20 to January 6, 2020, and immigration officers have been deployed at all counters to help ease congestion.