Suvarnabhumi airport arrivals plunge 30% in one week ?

Passenger traffic at Suvarnabhumi Airport has plunged since the state of emergency was declared in Bangkok on September 2.

Arrivals have dropped by 30 per cent compared to the week before the announcement, the Federation of Thai Travel Associations said yesterday. (Nation)

30 % ? ! That sounds a lot… It would be interesting to check with the figures from Immigration. Unfortunatly, those figures are not published anymore (read here).

And what about the split between domestic and international ?

Suraphol Sritrakul, executive director of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, said tourists from Malaysia had already declined by 80 per cent.

Elsewhere in the region, Singapore was down by 50 per cent, Vietnam by 90 per cent, China by 80 per cent, Japan by 10 per cent, Hong Kong by 60-70 per cent and India by 40 per cent.

In the long-haul market, Holland was off 20 per cent, Germany 15-20 per cent, Russia 30 per cent and Egypt 30 per cent.

Holland 20 % off ? In one week ? It’ strange. For long haul, people don’t buy your ticket a few days before departure… And I don’t believe that tourists from Europe were afraid, to the point to cancel en masse.

I think other factors could explain the lower number :

-low season . From mid to end of august, Suvarnabhumi airport is super busy (with the end of summer hollydays in Europe, USA etc.). So, mechanically, the week after, there is a drop in %…

-and frugality. Economic slowdown. In july, the traffic was already down from Europe compare to the year before (read here). And at that time, the problem was more tickets prices, fuel surcharges, etc.

Therefore, to put everything on the shoulders of the political crisis now is, I think, a mistake.

4 Responses to “Suvarnabhumi airport arrivals plunge 30% in one week ?”

  1. 1 Sharon 9 September 2008 at 1:36 am

    is it safe to go phuket?

  2. 2 chinesethai 9 September 2008 at 2:18 am


    Yes, it is. Violence was limited to that tiny area around the government house, where PAD protesters and Pro-Thaksin supporters clashed on the eve of Sep 02nd. Samak had hoped for it so he could find a cause to declare the notorious State of Emergency, which has scared no one in Thailand but foreign travellers.

    I think now is a golden opportunity for overseas travellers to visit Thailand, especially Phuket, Krabee, and Pang-Nga, and take advantage of low season and even ever bigger discounts some hotels may offer as a result of this “dud(or dull?)” state of emergency. @^o^@

    Every early morning I go to work out at a hotel’s gym near my house. It is a small, but nice hotel. Usually, it gets occupancy from contracts with large multinational companies from US, Europe, Japan, China, HK, Taiwan, and South Korea. The gym manager told me that he has seen a dramatic drop in the number of guests since Sep 2nd. The State of Emergency not only failed to end the standoff but also scared tourists off the country.

  3. 3 Sharon 9 September 2008 at 2:44 am

    wah… that means i can go there to source for nice discounted hotels.. ^_^

  4. 4 MSB 12 September 2008 at 8:53 am

    I came back from Europe this week and the flight was no more than 1/3rd full. No queue at all on this side and bags were off very quick. From touch down to being in the car was total 20 mins.

    Long may this continue!!

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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