Passengers air traffic drops like a stone (-20 % in september)

Fasten your seatbelt… But is there any seatbelt left ?


Passenger traffic through Thailand’s six main airports dropped for the third consecutive month in September, bringing passenger numbers to levels last seen four years ago.

Last month’s steep decline, 20.2% lower than in the same period last year, was due to the the double impact of the slowdown in global travel demand and the deteriorating political standoff in Thailand.

Anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok, which spilled over to Phuket where protesters forced the airport to close, curbed passenger flows as double-digit declines were recorded across the board in international and domestic numbers.

Passengers through the airports operated by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) including Suvarnabhumi, totalled 3.48 million last month, compared to 4.36 million in September 2007.

International passenger numbers declined 19.4% to 2.22 million and domestic ones 21.5% to 1.25 million,
according to figures from AoT.

Total flight movements were down 15.8% year-on-year to 26,832. The drop reflected budget carriers’ sharp cutback in flights in September by nearly 40% to 5,406, and a 6.3% reduction by conventional airlines to 21,426. (Bangkok Post)

Difficult to know which factor (political crisis or economic downturn) is the leading one…

But one thing is sure : if september was bad… then what can we expect for october ?

8 Responses to “Passengers air traffic drops like a stone (-20 % in september)”

  1. 1 Patiwat 27 October 2008 at 2:31 am

    How much does revenue from tourism contribute to the GDP of Thailand?

  2. 2 Bob 27 October 2008 at 5:38 am

    International passenger numbers declined 19.4% to 2.22 million and domestic ones 21.5% to 1.25 million, according to figures from AoT.

    Semi-permanent residence or region based expat probably haven’t changed their travel schedule much yet. I for one, still do 6-8 trips in and out of Thailand per year, each time counting as one international passenger without contributing anything to the local tourist industry. Tourist arrivals are probably falling by much more than 20%.
    Does TAT publish numbers of tourist by country of origin?

  3. 3 olivier 27 October 2008 at 9:24 am

    Do you think thailand will undergo a devaluation?

  4. 4 Hoktula 27 October 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I think what AoT should do is – request PAD to help with inviting more passengers ! LOL 😀

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 27 October 2008 at 3:45 pm

    >Does TAT publish numbers of tourist by country of origin?*

    They did !

    But they stopped the publication of the datas… in december 2007….

  6. 6 thaichris 28 October 2008 at 4:41 am


    Tourism contributes about 12% to Thailands GDP. A drop of 1/3 in tourism would mean a 4% drop of the GDP and already mean 0% growth for next year. And any drop in exports would lead to negative growth. Hope all of you already paid of your debits because there will be unemployment and a sharp drop in revenue for all businesses. Around the globe, they call this ressesion – the Thai governement calls it ‘mai pen rai’ and continious to focus in ammending the constitution which will help a sh#@! to recover and survive.

  7. 7 Gloomy Observer 28 October 2008 at 5:00 am

    Tourism contributes around 7% of GDP officially.

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