The leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy have agreed to allow 88 grounded aircraft to fly out of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The planes were stranded when they flew in as the PAD occupied the international airport last Tuesday night. Only a handful of passengers have been allowed to leave since then.
The agreement came after hours of negotiations between protest leaders and Airports of Thailand, the airport’s owner and operator.
The first of the 88 aircraft already left Suvarnabhumi shortly after dark on Sunday evening.
Under the agreement, Thai Airways International and foreign airlines can fly to airports in other provinces of the country to help evacuate tourists who have been stranded for nearly a week by the protesters. (Bangkok Post)
It’s clearly a good news. For the airlines and for the tourists stranded in Thailand… The PAD should have done it before.
On the other hand… we could see this as sign that the blockade could last… longer.
Aircrafts are very expensive and fragile machines. They need maintenance… To leave them on a tarmac, without any maintenance could have been a huge and costly liability…
Now with an airport free of airplanes… the siege could drag on. A little bit more.