Suvarnabhumi, end of blockade ? Several flights allowed to take off and land

A Thai aviation official says that Suvarnabhumi international airport has reopened to cargo flights despite an ongoing siege of the facility.

Aviation Department general director Chaisak Anksuwan says cargo flights were authorized to land at the airport as of 9 a.m. Tuesday and the first flights arrived during the afternoon.

He said “several flights have landed” and authorities hoped the situation would return to normal “soon” at the airport that has been closed for one week by protesters. (AP).

And even better :

As of this moment the PAD (People’s Alliance for Democracy) has allowed flights to take off and land immediately, both passenger and cargo flights,” senior alliance member Somkiat Pongpaiboon told reporters. […]

We have reached an agreement with PAD to start clearing protesters from the passenger zone to reopen Suvarnabhumi Airport,” said Vudhihaandhu Vichairatama, chairman of the board of Airports of Thailand.

“But how soon depends on technical issues. If there is no technical problem the first flights would resume within 24 hours,” Vudhihaandhu said. (AFP)

3 Responses to “Suvarnabhumi, end of blockade ? Several flights allowed to take off and land”


  1. 1 chinesethai 2 December 2008 at 10:24 am

    As anticipated….. šŸ˜€

  2. 2 kv 2 December 2008 at 10:25 am

    i guess they screw the whole security breach then. Think how many walls could have hidden weapons just to wait use under airports normal operation. Yesterday they speak one week which sounds reasonsle now one day. Scary

  3. 3 tsr 2 December 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I have travelled through many Middle East and Africa airports that are patrolled by heavily armed military, no problem. But, this is totally different, these are armed and sometimes violent protestors who have shown no respect of the government or police for a week. No thanks, I’m packing my little bottle of shampoo in a clear bag and headed out via another airport.

    Believe me, if US carrier allows flights in/out without a thorough, internationally verified security search (not just PAD and AOT as they are proposing) they are going to have a damn hard time getting me to take off my shoes when I return next week.


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