1st Mar 2020
The management of Chiang Mai International Airport is expecting passenger volume to plunge by 40 percent in the first six months of the year as the virus outbreak continues to take its toll on the travel industry.
Late last week, Chiang Mai Airport Deputy Director Thananrat Prasertsri said that passenger volume is seen to drop to 3.5 million year-on-year if the outbreak drags on until the middle of the year. Figures from January 1 to February 24 alone dropped by 24 percent to 190 flights while daily passenger numbers declined 40 percent to 22,000. Over the last two years, Chiang Mai airport catered to 11 million passengers, or way higher than its designed capacity of 8 million.
Prasertsri said that the airport is underway with the expansion of its areas to improve its services to passengers.
Thailand has 41 confirmed infections at present, the latest being a 25-year old local tour guide who returned from a trip to South Korea.
Permanent Health Secretary Sukum Karnchanapimai said that the patient sought treatment for his fever and cough last Tuesday and a test confirmed that he was positive for the virus. Karnchanapimai said the patient was transferred to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi.