350 000 tourists stranded in Thailand and 10 000 thai blocked abroad

It’s getting worse. It’s not surprising.

“Around 350,000 passengers remain stranded in Thailand since the closing of the airports,” said Sasithara Pichaichannarong, permanent secretary at the tourism ministry, in an interview with the AFP news agency.

That figure includes Thais who were booked on flights out of the kingdom.

About 10,000 Thai nationals are estimated to be stuck abroad by the airport closures, an official from the foreign ministry said.

Earlier, Tourism and Sport Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said that the number of stranded foreign tourists in Thailand has reached 240,000.

The toll will continue to rise daily and exponentially, he said, as more tourists reach the end of their holidays, with too few planes to take them out. (Bangkok Post)

In october, 25 000 tourists arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport each day (average)… Detailed statistics here.

The figures in november were higher (beginning of high season). Therefore, every day 25 000 people minimum should leave the country… and can’t.

10 days, at… the very best !

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports assured on Monday all 240,000 stranded passengers could board flights to their destinations within 10 days as Vietnam war-era U-tapao naval airport has been serving a great number of inbound and outbound passengers. […]

U-tapao security chief Captain Somnuek Kaewmarerng said about 400 flights had so far used the U-tapao Naval airport, carrying 50,000 passengers. (TNA)

3 Responses to “350 000 tourists stranded in Thailand and 10 000 thai blocked abroad”

  1. 1 Bob 1 December 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Any news on arriving flights? Are planes arriving otally empty or with a few passangers?

  2. 2 Reg Varney 1 December 2008 at 9:29 pm

    The situation for Thais in the US trying to get home is pretty awful if they are on Thai Airways. My buddy was meant to leave on Nov 28. Nothing from TG in the US. They didn’t contact him or his travel agent. His visa expired. He’s out of money. He’s staying with me.

    When the agent finally got someone at TG on the phone, in LA, they said that he had been booked via LAX, tonight, but had to make his own way to LAX from the East Coast and pay himself for that trip. When he explained that there was no flight to get him there in time for a connection, they said that he had to contact the NY office. Of course, they don’t even answer the phone.

    No the agent has got him on a flight via London to Utapao and sought confirmation from TG in LA, NYC and London. Response: nothing. So can he go? Who knows?

    TG have set a record for absolute lack of any sense or consideration. Screw the customer seems to be their motto these days. IWe know that things are difficult for them, but they have a responsibility to their customers.

    They should be ashamed.

  3. 3 thaichris 1 December 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Do you remember that the tourist minister offered a compensation of 2’000 Bath for every foreigner trapped in Thailand? Here is a littel remark from the German newspaper ‘Der Spiegel’:

    >> Nur von den umgerechnet 44 Euro Tagessatz, die Thailands Außenminister den Touristen als Entschädigung versprochen hat, hat niemand in U-Tapao bislang nur einen einzigen Cent gesehen. <<

    It says that none of the ouristes stranded at U-Tapao saw a single Bath. Watch out when the government reports how many million have been paid to tourists. And ask into who’s pockets it went. Another golden opportunity for the officials to profit from the crisis.

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