30th Nov 2019
Passengers departing at Thailand’s international airports are advised to arrive early given the expected surge in the number of flyers during the Christmas season.
The Department of Airports - an agency under the Ministry of Transport - said Wednesday that while the department is taking all effective measures to serve the increased passenger volume, travellers should still brace for possible congestions during check-ins and queueing at the immigration counters.
The department’s deputy director-general, Wittawat Pakdeesantisakul, said he was expecting passenger volume to grow by 5 to 10 percent or by as much as 30,000 during the holiday.
He said Khon Kaen, Krabi, Surat Thani and Udon Thani airports will be operating at full capacities during the period, and that the number of flights will be increased by two to four a day.
Airlines have stepped up their efforts, prompting the department to deploy two to three shifts of officials.
Pakdeesantisakul assured that travellers would not experience any flight delay as the department has long planned for traffic on New Year.
Next year, Thailand is expected to accommodate a 3-percent higher number of passengers as some of the airports such as Krabi, Trang, Narathiwat, Khon Kaen and Buri Ram are undergoing expansion.