BKK Airport reports more flights after removing Thailand Pass

4th Jul 2022

Suvarnabhumi Outside

Since cancelling the Thailand Pass, which hindered entry into Thailand, the number of aircraft and passengers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport has climbed by an average of 10 percent. The government said that the lifting of travel restrictions, such as the need to apply for a Thailand Pass in advance, on July 1 would open the floodgates to an influx of international tourists. They said that arrivals in the first half of the year would be three and a half times higher than in the last half of 2022.

Three days into the month, Suvarnabhumi Airport has noticed a small rise in plane activity. With between 23,000 and 24,000 passengers per day, Bangkok's primary airport was the busiest in Thailand in June, with an average of 130 planes landing each day. On Friday, 27,642 people arrived through 140 flights, while on Saturday, 27,147 passengers arrived via 134 planes. Sunday was the busiest day to date, with a total of 28,910 people arriving on 150 planes.

The results were released today by Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul, who stated that so far in July, the numbers are in line with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports' projections. The government thinks that the number of people arriving each day will quadruple to 60,000 in October, which will soon be more than the daily limit of 30,000.

In 2019, the average number of foreign travellers arriving in Thailand was 108,500 per day. Nonetheless, Thailand is currently attempting to fill hotels without Chinese and Russian travellers, which accounted for 30-40% of overall tourist arrivals prior to Covid.

The government is celebrating the increase in air travel by conducting a ceremony at Suvarnabhumi Airport to launch the "Thailand Moving Together" campaign. The goal of the project is to show that Thailand is ready for more flights and tourists from other countries.

The programme is a collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and the Ministry of Transport; Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul will lead its launch. This will be his first formal appearance since returning from Europe, when he caught COVID.