Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport resumes full operations

Thailand’s main international airport has officially resumed full operations, two days after anti-government protesters left the site. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters ended their occupation at both Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport Wednesday, but airport authorities had to re-certify the airport in accordance with internationally-recognised standards and guidelines established by […]


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Thailand’s main international airport has officially resumed full operations, two days after anti-government protesters left the site. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters ended their occupation at both Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport Wednesday, but airport authorities had to re-certify the airport in accordance with internationally-recognised standards and guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All-cargo operations were less affected than the passenger side, with cargo flights at Suvarnabhumi International Airport resumming from the evening of 2 December according to the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT). Suvarnabhumi handles approximately 1,500 tonnes of export cargo, 1,000 tonnes of imports and 600 tonnes of transit cargo per day in normal times. While the airport was closed, shippers used trucks and ocean-going vessels to bring cargo to other airports in neighboring countries, including Malaysia and Singapore. The week-long protest had blocked all air traffic and succeeded in toppling the Thai government. Thai Airways was estimated to be losing nearly US$14 million a day as a result of the shutdown of its international hub.