Airport, end of the blockade : “but the rallye will continue” in… special zone !

The agreement was announced at 3:30 pm by Somkiart Pongpaibool, a PAD leader and Vudhibhandhu Vichairatana, chairman of the AOT board of directors, following their meeting.

Somkiart announced that the PAD would allow flights to resume at the Bangkok international airport after AOT technical officials check technical readiness of all systems.

He said a joint committee between the PAD and AOT board would inspect assets in the airport and would open gateways for passengers to use the airports for arrival and departures.

Somkiart said the PAD would allocate a zone for its demonstration to continue without affecting the passengers. (Nation)

It’s funny to see how fast the situation evolves ! So it’s the end of the blockade. At last.

But any news in Thailand needs its surreal touch, otherwise it wouldn’t be sanuk, right ? So…

AOT is ready to arrange a special area so that the protest would not affect the operations.

That’s so sweet ! 😉

UDPATE

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) announced that Suvarnabhumi will resume full operation on December 15, starting 6pm. (Bangkok Post)

6 Responses to “Airport, end of the blockade : “but the rallye will continue” in… special zone !”


  1. 1 Insanity 2 December 2008 at 11:01 am

    Good news finally. But for how long? The route cause political problems still exist.

    Meanwhile the needle has been injected and the damage done. Unemployment, crime & lawlessness will soar in 2009. Some businesses have already closed never to reopen and future possible investors will be very cautious before investing in Thailand. The tourist will not forget soon their treatment in the land of stupidity.

  2. 2 paperback 2 December 2008 at 11:17 am

    Well, the “special area” idea is indeed sweet, but there is also something outright ridiculous:

    “He said a joint committee between the PAD and AOT board would inspect assets in the airport and would open gateways for passengers to use the airports for arrival and departures.”

    I wonder whether the next step will be the formation of a joint committee between the PAD and the government in order to inspect assets in government house and open gateways for civil servants to return to their offices.

  3. 3 FDL 2 December 2008 at 11:33 am

    That means our almost forgotten fugitive former Thai PM Thaksin was not lying when he said to the effect that “ministers in thailand need PAD permission before going to the washroom” . . ha ha ha!

    Mr. Insanity above, I can see, is really going mad (pun intended). Welcome to Thailand Insanity . . because you truly belong.

  4. 4 fall 2 December 2008 at 11:37 am

    joint committee between the PAD and AOT board
    Now isn’t that nice. Since when does PAD become a legal entity?

  5. 5 dooda 2 December 2008 at 11:46 am

    i think the latest announcement is that PAD will stop all protests on 3 Dec (tomorrow).

  6. 6 Insanity 2 December 2008 at 1:38 pm

    To FDL,

    I do truly belong and yes, I’m mad, really mad. I have been married to a Thai for 25 years, work in Saudi & (still) hope to retire to my property in Chiang Rai to look after our businesses. I only have Thailand’s best interests at heart & to see it tearing apart is sole destroying.

    Many expats from the Middle East, me included, do a reverse Haj by visiting Thailand during the Haj holiday. Each expat spends more in those two weeks than the average Thai earns in 2+ years (excluding air fares). Unfortunately, the Haj holiday will be over by the time Suvarnabhumi reopens. And, as to the damage taken by the different colored shirts, well I think I’ve vented enough. It will take Thailand longer to recover than the economic collapse of 1997, and all self inflicted.


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